Azincourt

Paperback | November 30, 2010

byBernard Cornwell

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An extraordinary and dramatic depiction of the legendary battle of Agincourt from the number one historical novelistAzincourt, fought on October 25th 1415, St Crispin's Day, is one of England's best-known battles, in part through the brilliant depiction of it in Shakespeare's Henry V, in part because it was a brilliant and unexpected English victory and in part because it was the first battle won by the use of the longbow - a weapon developed by the English which enabled them to dominate the European battlefields for the rest of the century.Bernard Cornwell's Azincourt is a vivid, breathtaking and meticulously well-researched account of this momentous battle and its aftermath. From the varying viewpoints of nobles, peasants, archers, and horsemen, Azincourt skilfully brings to life the hours of relentless fighting, the desperation of an army crippled by disease and the exceptional bravery of the English soldiers.

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An extraordinary and dramatic depiction of the legendary battle of Agincourt from the number one historical novelistAzincourt, fought on October 25th 1415, St Crispin's Day, is one of England's best-known battles, in part through the brilliant depiction of it in Shakespeare's Henry V, in part because it was a brilliant and unexpected E...

Bernard Cornwell was born in London, raised in Essex, and now lives mainly in the USA with his wife. In addition to the hugely successful Sharpe novels, Bernard Cornwell is the author of the Starbuck Chronicles, the Warlord trilogy, the Grail Quest series and the Alfred series.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:542 pagesPublished:November 30, 2010Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007271220

ISBN - 13:9780007271221

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dramatised account of Agincourt I really liked the Grail Quest series and this was just as good. Another tale of English archers winning the day.
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dramatised account of Agincourt I really liked the Grail Quest series and this was just as good. Another tale of English archers winning the day.
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell There is no doubt that this author is a genius in all aspects of writing. Again I have thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The way in which you at times actually feel as though you are in the middle of the battle and hold your breath. The story holds you in suspense all the way through and hoping it will not come to its conclusion, but it inevitably does. A great read recommend to all.
Date published: 2015-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Azincourt Very good read wonder what's next for the archers.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Azincourt Excellent book good read and follow to Vagabond and Heiritic enjoyed those books greatly looking for another
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A history lesson As usual Bernard Cornwell doesnt disappoint. If you like to absorb your history in a well told tale, you can't go past this author. He ferrets out small but important details that contexualise the historical event. The only short coming of this story, is not enough time was spent on character development. This leads to a slight disconnect as you follow the main protagonist through the story. That being said I recommend this to anyone who likes history, but is not immersed in it.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Azincourt A well researched and written novel, I was hooked from the beginning to the end, I could almost hear the arrows fly, and can only wonder what the terror must have felt like in the packed ranks as they fell to earth.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Azincourt This is a cracking yarn - read it in two days - Just couldn't put it down. If you like BC's books then this won't disappoint.
Date published: 2014-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from God for Harry,England and St. George What a magnificent read! I finished this book in record time, it was a tale that every British person should know. A great true story told in a great manner. Well Done!!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining but not memorable Cornwell turns to the now legendary Battle of Agincourt as inspiration and foundation for his novel Azincourt, using the archer, Nick Hook (an actual historical archer who was at Agincourt) as the vehicle for this story. The story itself attempts to illuminate the actual events that led to King Henry V's resounding victory over the French, using a fictional backdrop of Hook's family feud, a damsel in distress, and the guidance of Saints Crispin and Cripinian (who speak to Hook) as the plot arc. On a personal level, I wanted very much to enjoy this story. The subject matter is one I've researched extensively and have found of fascination for decades. I'm afraid, however, my enjoyment was overshadowed by Cornwell's heavy hand illustrating gore, and several technical inaccuracies which, for the average reader, wouldn't be an issue, but for me twanged in the way of a badly-tuned instrument. An entertaining read, but not a memorable one.
Date published: 2011-09-01

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Praise for Azincourt'If Bernard Cornwell was born to write one book, this is it. No other historical novelist has acquired such a mastery of the minutiae of warfare in centuries past. No one else could hope to take Shakespeare's Henry V, strip it of its rhetoric and tell the unvarnished truth about the Battle of Agincourt'Telegraph'A runaway success'Guardian'Nobody in the world does this stuff better than Cornwell - action set six hundred years ago is a fresh and vital as six days ago, with rough, tough men at war, proving once again that nothing changes - least of all great storytelling'Lee Child'An extrordinary and dramatic description of the legendary battle of Agincourt from the number one historical novelist'Hampshire View'a vivid, breathtaking and meticulously well research account'Paisley Daily ExpressPraise for Bernard Cornwell and Sword Song:'This is typical Cornwell, meticulously researched, massive inscope, brilliant in execution' The Sun'Great action scenes, rich in period detail, are underpinned by a feeling for the passions that shaped the Britain we know today' Sunday Telegraph, Seven MagazineBernard Cornwell is a literary miracle. Year after year, hail, rain, snow, war and political upheavals fail to prevent him from producing the most entertaining and readable historical novels of his generation' Daily Mail'Cornwell's narration is quite masterly and supremely well-researched' Observer