Agincourt, fought on October 25th 1415, on St Crispin's Day, is one of the 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. This was a weapon developed in this form only by the English - parishes were forced to train boys from as young as eight daily - and enabled them to dominate the European battlefields for the rest of the century.
Lively historical characters abound on all sides but in Bernard Cornwell's hands the fictional characters, horsemen, archers, nobles, peasants are authentic and vivid, and the hour by hour view of the battle is dramatic and gripping.
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"Should have waited for the unabridged version."
Bernard Cornwall is an incredible writer. The King Alfred series (Lords of the North, Pale Horseman, The last Kingdom and finally Sword song) and then the Grail series (Harlequin, Vagabond and Heretic with Thomas of Hookton) are simply the very best.
I agree with the last reviewer that Azincourt was a bit of a rework on the Grail story following a similar archer's tale as it did with Thomas of Hookton. However, it is I'm sure a great story in its entirety, but not cut up and abridged. I'll buy it again when the unabridged version comes out and I'm sure enjoy it far more. My advice, wait until then.
"Standard Cornwall Fare"
Standard Cornwall fare - battles, history, blood, girls. And battles. If you like him, its another offering, Well narrated.
This really is another fantastic book by Bernard Cornwall, unfortunatly let down by bad naration. should have got Tim Piggot smith to do it, as in "The Warlord Chronicles"
"Mmmmmm Love it!!!!!!"
Azincourt, written as if the author was there. You are taken into the thick of it another great bookl
Essentially a reworking of the plot lines from his earlier books to fit an Azincourt theme. Nothing new here.
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