Editorial Reviews. Review. Juliet Barker tells this story beautifully. If you buy just one book of history this year, choose this one. It will make a wonderful. Editions. UK: Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle Little, Brown, ISBN: Abacus, ISBN: Audiobook. The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir Agincourt by Juliet Barker The Plantagenets by Dan Jones Richard the Third by Paul Murray Kendall She- Wolves by.

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In later campaigns Henry would achieve his aims briefly against the French crown; history would see them jukiet, however, squandered julite less heroic successors. Great overview of Henry V’s first campaign in Agibcourt, that resulted in the taking of Harfleur and the huge English victory at Agincourt. England’s prosperity came from trade, lately the Channel had become dangerous for shipping. In this landmark study of Agincourt, prize-winning author Juliet Barker draws upon a huge range of sources, published and unpublished, English and French, to give a compelling account of the battle.

The undisciplined charges of the French combined with the exceptional skill of the English archers contributed to a pivotal moment in European warfare. Villagers take refuge from the depredations of the English in the subterranean city of Naours, a complex of galleries and chambers carved out of seams of chalk that provide shelter for 2, people and their livestock. Barker does continue her narrative from the aftermath barkee the battle down to the more or less final defeat of the English in the s in Conquest.

Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England

There were a number of such little tidbits, all enlightening and delightful. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Juliet Barker paints a gripping narrative of the October clash between the outnumbered English archers and the heavily armored French knights. Lists with This Book.

She never gets too mired in said details, even when illustrating some of the least exciting, but very important moments of Henry V’s launch to conquest. The author explains how Henry V raised the funds for his first campaign in France in great detail for anyone interested in Medieval finances.

Her good overal kuliet and attention to detail, both personal, political and financial – a real plus – combine to make this both a very readable and useful account of the subject.

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However if you want to understand the wider context and reasons for Agincourt this is worth a juljet. If the print version has maps, it would definitely be a five star book, but the Kindle version is a four star book for the lack of maps. I never thought I would be as engrossed with medieval history as I was while reading this book.


If De Gaucourt cuts an appealingly dashing figure, the same cannot quite be said of Henry V, a leader so inscrutably perfect, in medieval terms at least, that the man disappears behind the myth. The organizational and leadership differences between the English and the French were simply night and day and came down to Unity of Command; the English had it and the French did not. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

So as to why the Prince could never please his father is difficult to understand unless barkre invalid King resented and was jealous of his brilliant son. It covers not only the Agincourt campaign, but also serves a short biography of Henry V and delves into some of the Armagnac-Burgundian issues dividing France at the time.

Includes the rise of Henry V, the usurper’s son, raising taxes and forming his army, crossing the Channel and capturing the French town of Harfleur, and then facing overwhelming odds on a field outside the village of Agincourt in northern France. By the early 15th century is when the elongated shapes began to take form — still, firing these were highly ineffective inaccuracies would take a few centuries yet to correct and these would fire cannon balls or stone balls weighing anywhere from 5 to pounds.

Book ratings by Goodreads. View all 43 comments. After watching the dwindling army for several days, the French finally checked the king’s march near the tiny village of Azincourt. He seems to have recognized talent and ability and let bygones be bygones within reason when the situation called for it.

It makes me want to check out other books pertaining to this period in European history. So apparently Henry V intellectual pursuits did not hinder him from being a great warrior.

As a side note; when the English Army had besieged the town of Orleans and were well on their way to conquering France, it seemed likely the Duke of Orleans would lose everything to Burgundy and England, with all hope lost. Although I have always been interested in History, majored in U.

I won’t go too deep into it, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone interested in reading, but if your knowledge of this event is that of your typical, passing-interest history fan, you’ll be surprised by how much of what most people know bbarker muddied by propaganda and how many opposing viewpoints there were from eye-witness accounts that really provides a more vivid, well ayincourt picture of not only the batt This book clears up a lot of myths I’d believed about the Battle of Agincourt.

For the more academically i There are some remarkable leadership lessons in the first half of this interesting account of Henry V’s Agincourt Campaign.


Overall, though, this is a an excellent read. Instead, the Battle of Agincourt turned out to be one of the greatest upsets badker western history.

It was not to be, however. There is still a decade to go before the th anniversary of bzrker battle of Agincourt, but, unobtrusively amid the prevailing Trafalgar-mania, is proving to be something of a dress rehearsal.

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I most certainly would encourage any reader of History to read this book, regardless of personal aginccourt of history that one has over the other. Prince Thomas couldn’t wait to go to war – wanting to back the King of France’s faction the Armagnacs.

You may even learn how some of our modern sayings had their origins during the medieval period. At 16, Henry survived a horrifying war wound – a barbed arrow embedded six inches deep in his face – agincokrt to the agonising ministrations of an expert surgeon.

This book is well written and well researched.

Bryce rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 6 comments. The battle occurred on Friday 25 October Saint Crispin’s Day ayincourt, in northern F Now I will disgust agincour historical readers by saying the Bernard Cornwell’s version is much to be preferred – at least it kept one wide awake, whilst this dry, scholarly, erudite rendition that is read so juleit means the mind keeps wandering into sheep-counting.

This is great history. She has meticulously scoured all the financial details if that particular subject interests you. The last third of the book captures agincouurt aftermath of war, noting in detail the decimation of a good portion of the French nobility, and the lengthy hostage negotiations for those who were captured.

I bought the book to learn how Henry was able to win the battle of Agincourt, and I did learn that through this book. Great history puts you in that world and makes you feel it, makes you start to understand it. It therefore is a good introduction to the events surrounding the battle and sets it in a broader historical context. She does an excellent job in bringing Henry V to life, showing how there were both practical and moral motivations for many of his actions.

Instead, Barker’s great achievement lies in her treatment of the less familiar elements of this dramatic story: