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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Loved it.

My only regret is that this book was not longer, what a great read. This book kept my attention from page one on.

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  • Andrea
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 03-23-09

Interesting story but...

This is a fascinating historical period and the book was interesting. However, the main character seemed to have little to no personality, which made the exciting events and battles far less interesting than they otherwise would have been. Also, the narrator did not do a good job of distinguishing between the "voices" of the different characters. Most of them ended up sounding like querulous old men.

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agincourt

Excellent, and well narrated. very graphic.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Dave
  • Alexandria, VA, United States
  • 03-10-09

Engrossing

I enjoyed this book, even with its great, long stretches of blow-by-blow battles. The characters were a little flat, though, and the narrator's voice characterization wasn't very broad -- everyone sounded like an old, crotchety man. Still I would recommend it to all but the most sheltered kids who might be put off by the rampant cursing. A great way to learn about English history.

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Amazing!

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

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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

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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Background music

The background music is annoying and distracts from the story.

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  • M. Barnes
  • Bellevue WA United States
  • 02-05-09

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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terrible

didn't finish, due to unnecessary offense language. know it was unabridged version, I enjoy the genre but most authors find it isn't necessary to use this type of language.

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