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.
©2012 Bernard Cornwell (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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.
"Cornwall at his best"
Another great book by Bernard Cornwall with fantastic narration. As always the history is brought to life and at the end of the book left with a feeling that not only way I entertained but enlightend. Narration was fantastic too!
"Not bad but not brilliant"
A good adventure, read well by Damien Goodwin, with the story of the battle itself told in a very vivid and evocative way. I think the story tales a little too long to get to the battle, although I appreciate the need to set up the characters although they feel rather one dimensional and predictable, like many Cornwell stories. Still lots of fun though.
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