As night fell in Picardy on Thursday 24 October 1415, Henry V and his English troops, worn down by their long march after the taking of Harfleur and diminished by the dysentery they had suffered there, can little have dreamt that the battle of the next day would provide them with one of the most complete victories ever won. Anne Curry's startling history recreates the campAs night fell in Picardy on Thursday 24 October 1415, Henry V and his English troops, worn down by their long march after the taking of Harfleur and diminished by the dysentery they had suffered there, can little have dreamt that the battle of the next day would provide them with one of the most complete victories ever won. Anne Curry's startling history recreates the campaign and battle from the perspectives of the English and the French. Only now, through an in-depth investigation of the contemporary narrative sources as well as the administrative records, and through a new look at the terrain where the battle was fought, can we come to firmer conclusions on what exactly happened, and why. This book, based on years of painstaking research and reflection, makes clear the genius of Henry V as a military leader, and the strengths and capabilities of the English army which he commanded. There can be no doubt of the desire of the French to resist him and to protect their homeland from his invasion. The French fought bravely and to the death. So what went wrong for the French? This question, and many more, are answered in this lively new history....
|Title||:||Agincourt: A New History|
|Number of Pages||:||336 Pages|
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Agincourt: A New History Reviews
A new history! It's why I enjoy this subject, continually learning new things. Anne Curry is THE lady on this subject. She covers not just the battle, but the political situation in England and France in the years leading up to 1415.The coverage of Henry V's muster of his army, the embarkation from Southampton, the capture of Harfluer and Henry's march across Normandy, eventually to battle the French forces at Agincourt. Throughout the summer of 1415, all is so cleverly investigated from contemporary documentation, as is the gathering and movement of the French during this time. The best documentation is English, the French are less detailed.The book could have done with better maps to assist in following the narrative, but that is a minor criticism.My son asked me what I was reading. Agincourt, I replied. Did we win? Rich, don't you remember, Friday 25th October 1415, you were there! What? I then showed him his name in the Muster role list of archers in Henry's army.
Curry, author of the 2005 redefinition of the battle (and much medieval scholarship), recaps her work in this addition to the Great Battles series. After a concise and well-balanced explication of context, Curry then examines the ways in which the battle has been studied, commemorated (usually tracking against British military activity), used to cultivate nationalism, featured in school books, filmed and referred to in pop culture (including John Lennon's schoolboy doodles). Of particularly significance are chapters evaluating the usefulness of the evidence, and another about the French perception of the battle's significance and tourist value.
Wants for a tad more narrative structure. Prose can get thick with names, places, and informational details. I wanted a little more "story." The subject matter remains fascinating, and the book is well researched.
Great book, basically several essays regarding the Battle of Agincourt. Mostly regarding Thomas Erpingham and his role in the battle. I really enjoyed this book due to the use of many illustrations, maps and photographs that let you see, instead of just read, about the battle.
A somewhat difficult read on an interesting subject. It was however very interesting watching the author make constant reference to the variety of often inconsistent accounts of the event.
Interesting reappraisal of the battleCurry think numbers were more or less equalShe uses detailed analysis of what records remainWell worth a read but its a dense one though informative
Definitly not as good as Juliet Barker's
most succinct, Informative and readable