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Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England (original 2005; edition 2007)

by Juliet Barker

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Title:Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England
Authors:Juliet Barker
Info:Back Bay Books (2007), Paperback, 464 pages
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Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle by Juliet Barker (2005)

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Clear and fast-paced and well-written, with excellent endnotes and structure. Barker clearly has a massive crush on Henry V, and she justifies it. ( )
  cricketbats | Mar 30, 2013 |
After reading historical fiction novel of the same name by Bernard Cornwell, I felt it prudent to learn the true story and events of the amazing battle that took place in 1415. This answered every question I had, and all of the ones I never thought to ask. I was absolutely amazed by the detail and intricacies of medieval life, chivalry, and combat. It is filled with astounding anecdotes of the lives of the men who were prominent and immortalized and those whose names have been lost to time. I highly recommend this to anyone for a great read on medieval military and combat! ( )
1 vote motortmech | Apr 2, 2012 |
Henry V is one of my heroes (largely - okay, more like exclusively - based on Shakespeare's plays), so of course I had to read this book! It tells the history of the battle, from the preparatory material (i.e. situations in France and England at the time, the nature of the quarrel, etc.) to the long-term outcomes for both sides. Especially interesting was the way Barker engaged with some of the legendary material (including Shakespeare), corroborating certain aspects and debunking others. The history is solid, and the narrative is thorough and interesting. Highly recommended for history buffs.
1 vote christina_reads | Apr 29, 2010 |
Story of the battle of Agincourt. Well told. (I need to learn more about
the English-French wars.) Makes the English victory more of a mystery,
because it implies that a large part of the battle was a slugging match, and
hen numbers should have told. ( )
  cgodsil | Oct 17, 2009 |
A fine book. It does a wondereful job in introducing the people involved and the way they thought. Barker patiently sets the scene for the famous battle. She strikes a perfect balance between personal stories of protagonists and the broad view of history. ( )
  yeremenko | Sep 7, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 034911918X, Paperback)

IN THIS LANDMARK STUDY OF AGINCOURT, THE AUTHOR DRAWS ON A HUGE RANGE OF SOURCES TO GIVE A COMPELLING ACCOUNT OF A BATTLE UPON WHICH SO MANY LEGENDS HAVE BEEN BUILT. BUT SHE ALSO LOOKS BEHIND THE ACTION ON THE FIELD TO PAINT A PORTRAIT OF THE AGE. A MAD KING, MURDEROUS DUKES, SCHEMING BISHOPS, KNIGHTLY HEROES, SURGEONS, HERALDS, SPIES AND PIRATES - THE STORY OF AGINCOURT HAS THEM ALL ON 25TH JUNE, 1950 THE INVASION OF SOUTH KOREA BY THE COMMUNIST NORTH LAUNCHED ONE OF THE BLOODIEST CONFLICTS OF THE LAST CENTURY. MAX HASTINGS DREW ON FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF THOSE WHO FOUGHT ON BOTH SIDES TO PRODUCE THIS VIVID AND INCISIVE REASSESSMENT OF THE KOREAN WAR, BRINGING THE MILITARY AND HUMAN DIMENSIONS INTO SHARP FOCUS. CRITCALLY ACCLAIMED ON PUBLICATION, THE KOREAN WAR REMAINS THE BEST NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THIS CONFLICT.

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In this landmark study of Agincourt, Juliet Barker draws upon a huge range of sources to give a compelling account of the battle. But she also looks behind the action on the field to paint a portrait of the age, moving from the ambition of kings to the dynamics of daily life in peace and war.… (more)

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