Bernard Cornwell has been thinking about this subject for years. He has long wanted to write a book about a single battle, the events that lead up to it, the actual days in the battle and the aftermath from multiple viewpoints.
Agincourt, fought on October 25th 1415, on St Crispin's Day, is one of the 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. This was a weapon developed in this form only by the English - parishes were forced to train boys from as young as eight daily - and enabled them to dominate the European battlefields for the rest of the century.
Lively historical characters abound on all sides but in Bernard Cornwell's hands the fictional characters, horsemen, archers, nobles, peasants are authentic and vivid, and the hour by hour view of the battle is dramatic and gripping.
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Bernard Cornwall is an incredible writer. The King Alfred series (Lords of the North, Pale Horseman, The last Kingdom and finally Sword song) and then the Grail series (Harlequin, Vagabond and Heretic with Thomas of Hookton) are simply the very best.
I agree with the last reviewer that Azincourt was a bit of a rework on the Grail story following a similar archer's tale as it did with Thomas of Hookton. However, it is I'm sure a great story in its entirety, but not cut up and abridged. I'll buy it again when the unabridged version comes out and I'm sure enjoy it far more. My advice, wait until then.
Standard Cornwall fare - battles, history, blood, girls. And battles. If you like him, its another offering, Well narrated.
This really is another fantastic book by Bernard Cornwall, unfortunatly let down by bad naration. should have got Tim Piggot smith to do it, as in "The Warlord Chronicles"
Retired Probation Officer filling my time with gardening and listening to books in-between metal detecting looking for links to our history!
Azincourt, written as if the author was there. You are taken into the thick of it another great bookl
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