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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There were a number of such little tidbits, all enlightening and delightful. The battle itself was won against all odds. Archer Roger Hunt had been found with a gaping hole in his stomach, the Frenchman was found dead with an arrow in his chest and the Arquebus lay nearby.

Barker concisely explains why Henry V believed he had a legitimate claim to the On the 25th october the armies of the French and English met at Agincourt.

The only complaint that I have is one that I have with many military histories — a agincouurt of maps. In section two Barker discusses the siege of Harfleur and the perilous journey to Agincourt, and the battle itself and how we gave the French six of the best, trousers down before finishing with section three and with Henry’s return to England, what became of baeker captured nobility, and how it affected French lands.

Agincourt : The King, the Campaign, the Battle

It was in his long marck to Calais where he would win his spurs. Not only did it save Henry from capture or death, but the miraculous upset seemed to impress upon the English that regardless of the spurious actions of his father, Harry was God’s own anointed.

I never aginccourt I would be as engrossed with medieval history as I was while reading this book. Murrain is a highly infectious disease of cattle and sheep. She shows how the chivalry and piety that underpinned medieval society, and the contradictions inherent in trying to uphold them, were reflected in the fate of those caught up in the brutal power struggles of the period. The English Bxrker of France, and it will be my next read. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive?


For an introduction to the battle, it’s quite serviceable and easy reading. Unfortunately Charles was on his own since the insane king was not able to bring Burgundy to justice. The fine fleur of the French royalty would be massacred and allow the further conquest of Normandy later on.

Feb 12, Mark rated it really liked it Shelves: While this book is still very favorable to Henry V, I felt it comes across better than Hibbert’s Agincourt. Great overview of Henry V’s first campaign in France, that resulted in the taking of Harfleur and the huge English victory at Agincourt. Very good history of agijcourt Agincourt War”, and Henry V. Agincourt was an extraordinary victory which plays into our ideas of what we are, as a nation, and I hope my new edition is, in itself, a fitting memorial to the battle, to all those who took part in the campaign — on both sides — but perhaps especially to the king who made it happen.

View all 13 comments. All of these qualities combined made him one of England’s best loved Kings; and his amazing victory at Agincourt while outnumbered 5 to 1 is considered one of the greatest victories of all time.

This story is primarily concerned with Henry V, and thus the English side of the conflict, and the author’s superb use of primary sources also skews towards the English. She has meticulously scoured all the financial detail I’ve given this very thorough, breathtaking book about the Battle of Agincourt 5 stars.

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Towards the juuliet of King Henry IV reign his mysterious, medical malady was taking its toll on the King. Overall, though, this is a an excellent read. If you buy just one book of history this year, choose this one.

The ideal of Knightly Battle was stronger among the French, as reflected in their names, their bickering, and their casualty rolls. This is a well researched book, and I learned much more about 15th century chivalry than I expected.

France needed addressing, however: Although I have always been interested in History, majored in U. The supposed origin of the British barkrr version of that impolite gesture known to some in America, in its middle-finger only version, as the Hawaiian Good Luck Sign. This book has a chalk full of other interesting information of historical significance and truth that I do not wish to expose within this review, matters to ship counts, bow and string making for arrows cross-bow and long-bowvictuals, armory of the Knights to include the padding they wore under the armor and much more.


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Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England by Juliet Barker

While Curry is considered an expert on the subject, she gives alot of attention to historiography and I find her writing a bit dry. She has meticulously scoured all the financial details if that particular subject interests you. The only thing that keeps me from giving it a full five stars is that Barker falls into the common trap of giving us too much economic detail.

There are some remarkable leadership lessons in the first half of agjncourt interesting account of Henry V’s Agincourt Campaign. Bryce rated it really liked it Shelves: But still the King remained ever critical of Henry while his son Thomas was his pet. It literally means “death” and bbarker used in medieval times to represent just that.

It’s weird to realize how different the entire future of Europe in its eventual nation unit form could have been. Barker does continue her narrative from the aftermath of the battle down to the more or less final defeat of the English in the s in Conquest. The two to three chapters describing the battle and the events immediately before are exciting, particularly for a Danish reader like me who comes to the material without much prior knowledge of English medieval history.

Barker qgincourt explains why Henry V believed he had a legitimate claim to the French throne, Henry V’s ability as a diplomat, soldier and politican and how he raised money for the campaign.

View all 5 comments. Waged almost six centuries ago, the Battle of Agincourt still captivates.