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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Retrospective Look of Henry V

Wonderful critical look of a popular historical figure that brushes aside myths and popular lengends. Narrator was wonderful as well!

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Unusual approach

This is not a biography.

This is a day by day account of the year 1415 covering all events relevant to Henry. The author has his reasons for this approach, and despite its inherent challenges does a good job of keeping up with many different storylines over the course of the year.

Reader was excellent.

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Format falls short

Ian Mortimer is a fantastic historian and good story teller. In this book he attempts a new method of storytelling, through a calendar of 1415. This gives the listeners a broader understanding of events, but can be bland and leave the listeners feeling like they are listening to a roll call. The lack of narrative, for me, made getting through the book difficult, and left me feeling that things werent fleshed out.

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Love the author & other titles, not this narrator

As a huge fan of Ian Mortimer and his series on English medieval monarchs, the narrator of this specific book is just not for me; too robotic, emotionless, monotonous with overly predicable pausing within the sentence structure, regardless of content. Unfortunate as the content is exceptional.

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  • G. M.
  • Redding., CA, United States
  • 04-30-18

Great, But???

This is very good but very prejudice and opinionated. This is well told and resource with a heavy judgmental personal opinion on this King. This author states so himself. Narration is excellent.

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