Editorial Reviews. Review. Juliet Barker tells this story beautifully. If you buy just one book of history this year, choose this one. It will make a wonderful. Editions. UK: Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle Little, Brown, ISBN: Abacus, ISBN: Audiobook. The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir Agincourt by Juliet Barker The Plantagenets by Dan Jones Richard the Third by Paul Murray Kendall She- Wolves by.

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Securing the coast would make it easier for England to smother piracy, and if the lush interior julidt France became a crown possession, so much the better!

Hence the vulgar name for testicles used over here. As the subtitle says this is a history of the King, the campaign and the battle, and the battle itself is covered in a single chapter, agincourg if you’re looking for a detailed military history of the Battle of Ag A readable, interesting account of the build up, execution and aftermath of Henry V’s Agincourt campaign, brought to life with plenty of contemporary accounts and interesting asides one of my favourites being about Roland le Fartere, a minstrel whose trick was to leap, whistle and Agincouet lovely sentences, strong narrative pacing, and well chosen examples from primary sources.

The Duke of Burgundy was out of power and detested Duke Louis. The politics of the Burgundians and the Armagnacs are presented, showing Henry’s skill at navigating international diplomacy.

Henry V would give all the glory to God. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. They, in turn, have a tendency to write a disproportionately large amount of their work on the same.

She never gets too mired in said details, even when illustrating some of the least exciting, but very important moments of Henry V’s launch to conquest.

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Why else would he have been spared? I did not want to put it down and as soon ass I reached the julirt page, I went to look if Barker has a follow-up book on Henry’s 2nd campaign. To ask other readers questions about Agincourtplease sign up. The last third of the book captures the aftermath of war, noting in detail the decimation of a good portion of the French nobility, and the lengthy hostage negotiations for those who were captured.


This created the kind of tension released only with knights juluet massed formations of archers: The author explains how Henry V raised the funds for his first campaign in France in great detail for anyone agnicourt in Medieval finances.

However, some more features would have I really wanted to give this book five stars.

It explained why, in the foreign culture that was England ofthe campaign was necessary and logical. Henry V of England.

Unto the breach

It does seem that Henry was to be demoted and no longer his father’s heir. It’s an engrossing account, laced with unexpected and arresting images. At the same time, the fact that the outcome of the fighting is never in doubt we’re only reading such a detailed account of the battle, after all, because we already know who won the day means that, despite the momentum of Barker’s narrative, the book can’t escape an anticlimactic feel.

This is a book that took me a while to get through, mostly because my expectations were out of line with what the book could have provided.

Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England

To my delight she d Dan Carlin, the voice of Hardcore History, often says, “History is better than fiction. Barker does a great job of selling King Henry V’s motivations for the campaign, as well as bringing great respect to his political and administrative capabilities. By using our website you agree to jkliet use of cookies.

It therefore is a good introduction to the events surrounding the battle and sets it in a broader historical context. Populated with chivalrous heroes, dastardly spies, and a ferocious and bold king, AGINCOURT is as earthshaking barket its subject–and confirms Juliet Barker’s status as both a historian and a storyteller of the first rank. When Henry V and his band of brothers defeated the assembled might of French chivalry on a rainy October day init was a defining moment in English history.


In this landmark study of Agincourt, prize-winning author Juliet Barker draws upon a huge range of sources, published and unpublished, English and French, to give a compelling account of the battle.

What the cover says: The book is roughly divided into three sections. This is great history. The details of that treaty – whereby Henry permitted De Gaucourt to send for desperately needed reinforcements, on condition that Harfleur would surrender if help failed to arrive by the appointed day – might seem scarcely credible to a more cynical age.

Once again Prince Henry was able to put down the uprising and was very popular with his men. At 16, Henry survived a horrifying war wound – a barbed arrow embedded six inches deep in his face – thanks to the agonising ministrations of an expert surgeon.

Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England by Juliet Barker

View all 13 comments. Her good overal perspective and attention to detail, both personal, political and financial – a real plus – combine to make this both a very readable and useful account of the subject. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Good history tells you why.

If you buy just one book of history this year, choose this one. Oct 26, Kerry rated it really liked it. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? The Prince became the victim of spurious rumors and power struggles with his father taking him off his council and replacing him with his brother Thomas.