A unique novel, looking at one the greatest battles, a battle that was a turning point in history, from many points of view, by a master storyteller. Bernard Cornwell has been thinking about this subject for years. He has long wanted to write a ...
book about a single battle, the events that lead up to it, the actual days in the battle and the aftermath from multiple viewpoints. Agincourt, fought on October 25th 1415, on St Crispin's Day, is one of the best known battles, in part through the brilliant depiction of it in Shakespeare's Henry V, in part because it was a brilliant and unexpected English victory and in part because it was the first battle won by the use of the longbow. This was a weapon developed in this form only by the English - parishes were forced to train boys from as young as eight daily - and enabled them to dominate the European battlefields for the rest of the century. Lively historical characters abound on all sides but in Bernard Cornwell's hands the fictional characters, horsemen, archers, nobles, peasants are authentic and vivid, and the hour by hour view of the battle is dramatic and gripping.
It's hard to describe whether this is a book more suitable for men or women. It does spend extensive time describing battle scenes, but not in the way of Virgil or Homer where his every sword thrust (and those of his father and grandfather) are
..." described in intense gory detail. This novel is historically based, which I found relatively interesting, but the subplot described through the life of the protagonist was infinitely more engaging. There is a love story, but a mild one- not enough to turn off the more fighting-oriented readerContinua...Nascondi
This is the first time that I read (okay, listen to) a book simply because I like the reader. Agincourt is read by Charles Keating, who read The Lighthouse and The Murder Room and Death in Holy Orders by P.D. James. His voice is affectionate without
..."oice is affectionate without being to sentimental, authoritative yet kind and his reading is always engaging.
Agincourt is about the battle took place in 1415 that shocked Christendom. The Battle of Agincourt, or Azincourt in French, was of little real significance in the hundred year war. For Henry V, it had not been a successful campaign since he marched his army onto Upper Normandy. However, the fact that the sickness stricken and exhausted English army was able to defeat the healthy, well-equipped French who outnumbered the English probably 4 to 1 (even 6 to 1) makes the battle fascinating. Shakespeare's play Henry V which centers the battle doesn't hurt, either.
In Agincourt, Cornwell tells the story not from the King, not from the gallant Sir John Cornewaille, who was a real Agincourt hero, but from an archer's point of view. Because of that, we are able to experience the battle in closeup. Not on a horseback in shiny armor, but really see the nastiness and fear of the battlefield. While telling the riveting story, Cornwell manages to delivering a great deal knowledge on battlefield maneuver and medieval war technology, which doesn't interrupt the story but make it even more engaging.
I wonder why they don't make movies out of books like this.Sure there's the "Sharpe" series for those who live in Great Britain, but I'm sure that it would be great to translate epic history novels (like these that Cornwell writes so well) into epic
..." epic movies. A must-have for all those who love battle talesContinua...Nascondi