An extraordinary and dramatic depiction of the legendary battle of Agincourt from the number one historical novelist Agincourt, 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, breath taking 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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A man with a child in his ears.
One of the seminal battles of British military history is the highlight of this masterpiece by Bernard Cornwell. Ignoring the cliched view that the archers won it on their own the actual battle is described in all its gory detail. The heady mix of the savagery of the times, the sheer bravery of the soldiery in the face of it and to no small extent the sheer ineptitude of command and organisation that were hallmarks of warfare at the time are all vividly described. Although there was much glory won on the field of battle it came at the end of a pretty ignominious campaign which Cornwell details in full without pulling any punches.
The joy of reading Cornwell's books is not just the grandiose set piece battles and action scenes but the way he weaves his knowledge of the minutiae of life in these far distant times into the books to educate without it ever feeling like anything but a story.
The presentation concludes with the views and thoughts of the author clarifying where and how he blurred the lines between fact and fiction as well as thoughts on further reading which many will appreciate.
Simply excellent and very well narrated.
I have always heard bits about the battle of Agincourt. Due to my interest growing I bought the audiobook. After finishing it I'm even more interested. it is well written and the reader did an amazing job of captivating my interest.
Excellent listen, a few miss pronounced words but other than that thoroughly recommended. Great characters portrayed well by the reader. Particularly Sir John Cornwall, my favourite. Don't get too attached to anyone though, this is a Cornwell book after all. Shame this wasn't from a series like the Grail Quest or The Saxon Chronicles. Would like to have heard more about Nick.
Highly recommended. A very real feel of the characters, noble and common, and the horrors of the events leading up to - and of - the battle.
Well written book, great story. Fascinating historical tale. My husband and I listened to this together on long road trips in the car. Sadly we couldn't finish it. Despite its enthralling and gripping tale, the narrator was so terrible that his screeching renditions of characters were so categorically wrong, misread, misplaced, and misacted that we just couldn't bear to finish it. I would hear his awful screeching voice in my head even long after we stopped listening. It was tragic that all his male characters seemed to have the same screechy voice, even the heroic Knights. It was an appalling performance for such a good book. Unfortunate.
This is the first Bernard Cornwell novel I have read. He brings history to life with his descriptions of everything from clothing and food to lifestyle and language.
You feel you learn some largely accurate history in a epic story.
It's immensely enjoyable.
I didn't think I would get into the whole 14th Century thing, but this is a great story, with good characters and fantastic narration.
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