As for Falstaff...it became necessary for Shakespeare to pen an epilogue disavowing any resenblence between the Fat Knight and one Sir John Oldcastle, who apparently WAS young Hal's coach and companion AND a leader of an early protestant sect, the Lollards...who pitched a fit over the representation of him as a drunken womanizer.

Oldcastle later led a rebellion against Henry V...and died a most gruesome death because of it..."hanged and burnt hanging" is the way it is described.
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