Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle by Juliet Barker

Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle

byJuliet Barker

Kobo ebook | September 2, 2010

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Agincourt took place on 25 October 1415 and was a turning-point not only in the Hundred Years War between England and France but also in the history of weaponry. Azincourt (as it is now) is in the Pas-de-Calais, and the French were famously defeated by an army led by Henry V. Henry V's stunning victory revived England's military prestige and greatly strengthened his territorial claims in France. The exhausted English army of about 9,000 men was engaged by 20,000 Frenchmen, but the limited space of battle favoured the more compact English forces. The undisciplined charges of the French combined with the exceptional skill of the English archers contributed to a pivotal moment in European warfare. Not more than 1,600 English soldiers died; the French probably lost more than 6,000 men.

Juliet Barker's shimmeringly brilliant narrative commemorates and analyses a canonical battle in British history.

Title:Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the BattleFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 2, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown Book GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0748122192

ISBN - 13:9780748122196


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous history reads like a novel This is an excellent book. Although it is a thoroughly researched book of history, it reads like a novel. The account of the leadup to the most famous battle of the Hundred Years' War keeps the reader spellbound. I read it straight through. I lent it to my father-in-law who is a medieval historian (former history prof at Queens'). He also couldn't put it down. Then he complimented Juliet Barker's research. The book is about as long as one of Bernard Cornwell's novels. I recommend reading it along with or just before his novel Azincourt. The history necessarily emphasizes the experience of the nobles and officers, since these are recorded, while the Cornwell novel is told from the point of view of an archer in the ranks. This is not a watered-down version of history. This is the real thing, beautifully written
Date published: 2011-01-22