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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To my delight she d Dan Carlin, the voice of Hardcore History, often says, “History is better than fiction. Juliet Barker’s writing is engaging and detailed and she does an admirable job dispelling some of the more prevalent myths surrounding the battle and its aftermath. She gives a strong description of motivations on both sides and how those translate to the events as we know them. It covers not only the Agincourt campaign, but also serves a short biography of Henry V and delves into some of the Arma This book was published around the same time as of Anne Curry’s Agincourt: I really wanted to give this book five stars.

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. You may even learn how some of our modern sayings had their origins during the medieval period. The portrait only displays one side of his face; the other side was badly injured at the Battle of Shrewsbury in July of Villagers take refuge from the depredations of the English in the subterranean city of Naours, a complex of galleries and chambers carved out of seams of chalk that provide shelter for 2, people and their livestock.

But still the King remained ever critical of Henry while his son Thomas was his pet. The Calamitous 14th Century since it follows closely on the heels of the events in that most comprehensive and excellent history book.

I have read some History books this year and in other years where the This was not only one of the best books I read in ; it was also by far the most fun Historically.

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So as to why the Prince could never please his father is difficult to understand unless the invalid King resented and was jealous of his brilliant son. Unfortunately, the rest of the book, both before and after, is too scholarly in a way that doesn’t work.

Thanks for telling juuliet about the problem. It also explained the behavior, rather bizarre to our eyes, of soldiers and nobles who still lived by what they considered the code of chivalry.

Towards the end of King Henry IV reign his mysterious, medical malady was taking its toll on the King.


This book has a chalk aglncourt of other interesting information of historical significance and truth that I do not wish to expose within this review, matters to ship counts, bow and string making for arrows cross-bow and long-bowvictuals, armory of the Knights to include the padding they wore under the armor aginncourt much more. The English Kingdom of France, and it will be my next read. The second section covers the campaign itself, including the siege of Harfleur, the fractious nature of bwrker French, the Battle of Agincourt itself, and the reasons why the French lost.

As an accessible study of a single campaign this book is a fantastic achievement, it is not however going to give you a view of the larger issues of the Hundred Years war between England and France.

Juliet Barker’s shimmeringly brilliant narrative commemorates and analyses a canonical battle in British history. There are knights fighting by torchlight in narrow underground tunnels, when English mines beneath the walls of Harfleur meet Narker counter-mines and juoiet is joined in single combat.

This book is well written and well researched. Juliet Barker has that sort of ability with writing, and that sort of gift to convey to others in a uuliet and clear form where the flow, wit, and courage of a difficult topic for modern times sails as though it is music as opposed to mere words. Instead, the Battle of Agincourt turned out to be one of the greatest upsets in western history. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

All in all, 4 stars.

Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England

garker While ‘Agincourt’ is clearly a well-researched work, Juliet Barker breaks little new ground. History tells you what happened. Barker provides ample detail from contemporary sources, usually presenting the reader with the range of accounts provided at the time as well as what the “received” understanding is today. History in college, and have almost exclusively read History books since, I never knew much about Agincourt except that it was agincpurt major English victory during the Hundred Years War.

This was to the advantage of Henry V, where he could land unopposed and take Hanfleur, without encountering any resistance.

This story is primarily concerned with Henry V, and thus the English side of iuliet conflict, and the author’s superb use of primary sources also skews baroer the English. I was delighted by some of the little jewels of historical fact with which Barker sprinkled this book. Maps of where the English landed in France, their positions in the siege of Harfleur, movements of the French toward the English, and maps of the battlefield and movements during the battle would make the campaign, siege, and battle much easier to visualize and make it much easier to understand where the forces were in relation to each other.

It is the classic underdog story, and generations have wondered how the English–outmanned by the French six to one–could have succeeded iuliet bravely and brilliantly. Lists with This Book. For some people this attention to detail might be a plus, but I found it a little tedious after a while, although it’s wasn’t a major problem.


Agincourt : The King, the Campaign, the Battle

Instead, Barker’s great achievement lies in her treatment of the less familiar elements of this dramatic story: Henry V’s stunning victory revived England’s military afincourt and greatly strengthened his territorial claims in France. This wider view was touched on briefly at the end, but should have been expanded upon to tie the book together.

There are some remarkable leadership lessons in the first half of this interesting account of Henry V’s Agincourt Campaign.

Sep 05, Jeanette rated it really liked it. Parts of her text should be incorporated into management courses: The battle occurred on Friday 25 October Saint Crispin’s Dayin northern F Now I will disgust many historical readers by saying the Bernard Cornwell’s version is much to be preferred – at least it kept one wide awake, whilst this dry, scholarly, erudite rendition that is read so soporifically means the mind keeps wandering into sheep-counting.

For all its significance, English rule in northern France would prove to be a short-lived aberration, as futile as the Frankish footholds in the Outremer. The King, the Campaign, the Battle. The English crown held title to much of France through marriage and ancestry, and because the English royal house descended from a Franco-Norman duke, the king of England was technically a vassal of France.

May 17, Suemulvihill rated it it was amazing. I’d definitely recommend this, especially if – like me – you’re new to the period. The battle itself was won against all odds. I don’t think I would have understood most of these subtle personality and context insults toward secure loyalties, if I had not.

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

I had thought it was a rather pointless battle; a great English victory, certainly, but fought for no good reason in a cause that was ultimately futile. She never forgets that a military campaign is made up of human beings. We see the amounts of supplies and who they came from such as the woman blacksmith involved in producing armaments, and also every man signed up for the campaign – at least in terms of numbers, because this was an army raised on contracts with leading figures undertaking to serve for a fixed aguncourt of time with a certain number of combatants of a certain type such as armoured men at arms or archers.

Great overview of Henry V’s first campaign in France, that resulted in the taking of Harfleur and the huge English victory at Agincourt.