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Agincourt | [Bernard Cornwell]

Agincourt

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.
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Publisher's Summary

Bernard Cornwell tackles his richest, most thrilling subject: the heroic tale of Agincourt.

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

Instead he is discovered by the young King of England, Henry V himself, and by royal command he takes up the longbow again and dons the cross of Saint George. Hook returns to France as part of the superb army Henry leads in his quest to claim the French crown. But after the English campaign suffers devastating early losses, it becomes clear that Hook and his fellow archers are their king's last resort in a desperate fight against an enemy more daunting than they could ever have imagined.

One of the most dramatic victories in British history, the battle of Agincourt, immortalized by Shakespeare in Henry V, pitted undermanned and overwhelmed English forces against a French army determined to keep their crown out of Henry's hands. Here Bernard Cornwell resurrects the legend of the battle and the "band of brothers" who fought it on October 25, 1415.

An epic of redemption, Agincourt follows a commoner, a king, and a nation's entire army on an improbable mission to test the will of God and reclaim what is rightfully theirs. From the disasters at the siege of Harfleur to the horrors of the field of Agincourt, this exhilarating story of survival and slaughter is at once a brilliant work of history and a triumph of imagination Bernard Cornwell at his best.

©2009 Bernard Cornwell; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"The greatest writer of historical adventures today." (Washington Post)
"Nobody in the world does this stuff better than Cornwell. (Lee Child, author of Nothing to Lose)
"Readers who haven't discovered Bernard Cornwell don't know what they are missing....He may well be the best historical novelist writing today -- and Agincourt may well be his best novel yet. (Vince Flynn, author of Extreme Measures)

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    Ann Thackerq Lubbock, TX USA 02-13-09
    Ann Thackerq Lubbock, TX USA 02-13-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    Qutie a bit of language, but to be expected in battle. A wonderful listen.

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    Kirk Richmond, TX, United States 01-31-09
    Kirk Richmond, TX, United States 01-31-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Best historical fantasy ever"

    This is the best historical fantasy book ever. It was soooo realistic and the action scenes were incredible. It had a great story line as well.

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    Doug Hamden, CT, United States 07-15-09
    Doug Hamden, CT, United States 07-15-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Annoying Music"

    I have been a member of Audible for years. I hate audio books with music and sound tracks. I think Audible should put some sort of designation on the books that have music so those of use who cant stand it in a book can pass it by without spending our credits on something that is so annoying. I do like Cornwell and truly wish his books would ditch the music.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick USA 03-26-09
    Patrick USA 03-26-09
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    "Background music"

    The background music is annoying and distracts from the story.

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    Michael Doha, Qatar 02-05-09
    Michael Doha, Qatar 02-05-09 Member Since 2010

    I am a simple rat that reads until satisfied; sometimes I read too much and all hell breaks loose. Beware of history, fantasy, and religion.

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    "Appreciated the read"

    Historical novels are still a new genre for me; actual history is my preference. Regardless, I found this kept my attention. The author never quite explains why characters had special relationships with saints or God. It was an odd way to tie in St. Crispin, but at least it made me search out more information on this saint. The epilogue made it even more appreciated.

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    What disappointed you about Agincourt?

    I have only listened to the first couple of chapters and I was surprised at the amount of language used in the story. I doubt the language is historically accurate and is probably added for effect for modern day readers. I find it detracts from the story for me. The second problem is that this is a very seedy view of medieval life with graphic descriptions of violence and sex. Even though it is my first time listening to one of Cornwells books, I did not expect this is a historical fiction. Other buyers should be aware of this in case they don't enjoy these elements.


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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 12-21-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 12-21-12

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "Wonderful Way to Learn History"

    This book is almost like being there. The prelude to the battle - which is, of course, fiction - is wonderful. Great read.

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    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 02-24-12
    Amazon Customer Omaha, NE, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Cornwell !"

    I've been a fan of Bernard Cornwell for a few years now, and I can say that if more high school history teachers could learn to make history as interesting as Mr. Cornwell does, then I dare say that history would not be the bane of so many high school students.

    This book was able to bring a part of European history to life and show us the daily perils that the average person had to endure:hunger, disease, death at the hands of outlaws or by a church that put itself above all. And in the midst of it, this utter chaos, there were people willing to stand and deliver for what they beileve in.

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    Charles LaPorte, IN, United States 09-13-10
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    "It's not my favorite writing; narration is good"

    This is my first Cornwell book. I thought character development was lacking. Hook was a weak character. Not much going on with him. I love Gabaldon's work and Follett's Pillars and World without end but I wouldn't put this in their league. I will try another Cornwell book but if the characters are this shallow I probably will not continue.

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    "Interesting story, quite drawn out"

    This was an interesting story, but I found it rather slow. The build up took about 3/4 of the book, then it finally picked up for the last 4 hours of listening. I found the music a bit commical, it was added in 5-6 places throughout the story, but didn't really make sense or go along with the action of the story... "Someone is twiddling their thumbs" --insert dark war music-- The narrator was great, however I found it to be a difficult story to get into.

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