Henry V

The Warrior King of 1415
Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
Length: 25 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: History, Europe
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This insightful look at the life of Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt casts new light on a period in history often held up as legend. A great English hero, Henry V was lionized by Shakespeare and revered by his countrymen for his religious commitment, his sense of justice, and his military victories.

Here, noted historian and biographer Ian Mortimer takes a look at the man behind the legend and offers a clear, historically accurate, and realistic representation of a ruler who was all too human.

©2013 Ian Mortimer (P)2017 Tantor

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"A new and convincing likeness of medieval England's most iconic king." ( Sunday Times)
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Accessible, grounded, enjoyable

Excellent narration meets excellent history for a broad audience--while displaying real academic rigor. By approaching the year day by day and in paying attention to exactly where the money went, Mortimer shows how Henry spent his time and his money. How could you do better to see what a person values? Mortimer also frankly addresses the limitations of his approach, while defending what he believes (and I agree) it adds to a discussion of Henry. Thus, Mortimer comes across as informed, intelligent, and intellectually honest. The best history book I've read in several years.

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Thoroughly enjoyed.

What did you like about this audiobook?

I liked the progression according to the calendar. It gave me a chance to understand just how hard it was to get an invasion planned and to pull it off.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

This is the first history book I have read like this. I like it very much.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

He was easy for me to follow and I didn't get annoyed even after an hour or so.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

what it took to go to war in 1415

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Best history book I’ve listened to

This is a must read for anyone who has watched Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V or Netflix’s “the King” to understand the “real” Henry and his times. The day-by-day storyline gives you an insight into Henry’s superpower planning for a war he always said he didn’t want to fight. It appears that the only thing that separated Henry from becoming a footnote in history was luck-particularly that it rained at Agincourt before the battle. Superb narration as well

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Fresh and compelling!

One year in the life of a man so revered in legend and national memory...definitely the best take on Henry V I've ever had the pleasure to read! The way Mr Mortimer intertwines European events with the actions of this single man is irresistible!

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Go for it

Surprise surprise, I watched The King on Netflix and wanted to learn more about the real Henry V - if you’re in the same boat than this is a great place to start. Unique and engaging format and grapples with the difficulties of 15th century life and how we may interpret things today. Ian Mortimer is a great guide for engaging the man behind the myth in an objective and thoughtful way.

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Enjoyed far more than expected

I was wondering if this one year although a pivotal one in Henry V life could be that good and keep me engaged.
This book was so full of fact and the performance made it come to life I loved every minute.

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A year in minutia<br />

The author's experiment failed in my opinion. The hardest book to read ever. Does anyone care who paid 20 pounds for powder in 1415? So much of this book should have been considated and the minute facts used to justify a position. This is a 16 hour book that should have been 4. The author's issues with Henry are not worth the listen. Highly recommend everyone to read other books of this period.

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Great Story Content, A Little Self-Indulgent

The content covering Henry V’s life is great, and super dense and interesting, almost too full of content to enjoy. Solid 7/10 there, just good, a little bothersome at times, but ultimately through no fault of the author. However, the book does NOT cover the man’s entire reign, moreso focused on a calendar year’s exact run-through, and the epilogue glosses over interesting portions of his Kingship. The portion thereafter the aforementioned is rather dull, however, mostly concerning the benefits of the author’s chosen format for the book, which isn’t relevant to anyone other than those academics who would dispute the form in the first place.

Anecdotally, due to the aforesaid, this is the first book I’ve ever selected the “Mark As Finished” option on, and this gives me great shame. Take its inability to hold my attention toward the very, very end, which has been held by countless other books of similar historical subjects, as you will.

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Day by day

I purchased this book bc I really enjoyed reading the same author’s book on Henry IV. This book was very different yet still very interesting and engrossing. The author provides extensive details about events and transactions while still telling an interesting narrative illustrating life during these times.

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interesting, but tedious date by date format drags

definately diffrent from his other work, alot ov details included are tedium and dont add much