Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England

Agincourt Henry V and the Battle That Made England Waged almost six centuries ago the Battle of Agincourt still captivates It is the classic underdog story and generations have wondered how the English outmanned by the French six to one could have s

  • Title: Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England
  • Author: Juliet Barker
  • ISBN: 9780316015042
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • Waged almost six centuries ago, the Battle of Agincourt still captivates It is the classic underdog story, and generations have wondered how the English outmanned by the French six to one could have succeeded so bravely and brilliantly Drawing on a wide range of sources, Juliet Barker paints a gripping narrative of the October 1415 clash between the outnumbered EnglishWaged almost six centuries ago, the Battle of Agincourt still captivates It is the classic underdog story, and generations have wondered how the English outmanned by the French six to one could have succeeded so bravely and brilliantly Drawing on a wide range of sources, Juliet Barker paints a gripping narrative of the October 1415 clash between the outnumbered English archers and the heavily ard French knights Populated with chivalrous heroes, dastardly spies, and a ferocious and bold king, AGINCOURT is as earthshaking as its subject and confirms Juliet Barker s status as both a historian and a storyteller of the first rank.

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      Juliet Barker

    About Author

    1. Juliet R V Barker born 1958 is a British historian, specialising in the Middle Ages and literary biography She is the author of a number of well regarded works on the Bront s, William Wordsworth, and medieval tournaments From 1983 to 1989 she was the curator and librarian of the Bront Parsonage Museum.Barker was educated at Bradford Girls Grammar School and St Anne s College, Oxford, where she gained her doctorate in medieval history In 1999 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Bradford She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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    1. I ve given this very thorough, breathtaking book about the Battle of Agincourt 5 stars.I absolutely couldn t put this one down Juliet Barker covers all the events leading up to the battle, the battle itself and the aftermath so anything you want to know about Agincourt is probably included in this book.The author explains how Henry V raised the funds for his first campaign in France in great detail for anyone interested in Medieval finances She has meticulously scoured all the financial details [...]


    2. Going to war against France, whose king periodically believed himself to have been made of glass, may not have been exactly sporting but does show something of the character of Henry V of England would as Barker tells us in this book had been shot in the face by an arrow at the battle of Shrewsbury, the wound was packed out much as large wounds are today until it healed Barker s approach is to delight in the detail available to us from the Royal accounts We see the amounts of supplies and who th [...]


    3. History tells you what happened Good history tells you why Great history puts you in that world and makes you feel it, makes you start to understand it This is great history.Agincourt was too foreign a battle for me to understand 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 Barker s book changed all that It explained why, in the foreign culture that was England of 1415, the campaign was nece [...]


    4. Reading this after a number of non fiction books on Charles of Orleans and the 100 Years War, was a great set up I don t think I would have understood most of these subtle personality and context insults toward secure loyalties, if I had not.What keeps it being a 5 star is that although the tone and research are 5 star excellent to detail, physical reality, material substances and religion related motivations, there was still strong author assumption, IMHO Because I said so is not conclusive end [...]


    5. This was not only one of the best books I read in 2017 it was also by far the most fun Historically.This is one of those books for me personally that I did not want to conclude Ms Juliet Barker has that sort of ability with writing, and that sort of gift to convey to others in a crisp 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 I have read some History books this year and in other years where the seemi [...]


    6. Very good history of the Agincourt War , and Henry V Barker is not distracted by the wider perpectives and keeps a tight focus of events as they relate to Agincourt, which is helpful because it keeps things clear and to the point She gives a strong description of motivations on both sides and how those translate to the events as we know them The key element of French royal paralysis due to a mad king, and uncertain dauphin and the rival factions of Burgundy and Orl ans is adequately brought to l [...]


    7. 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 fart 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, so if you re looking for a detailed military history of the Battle of Agincour [...]


    8. The Battle of Agincourt is one of the most, if not the most, famous battles in British history I didn t know that until reading this book I d never read Shakespeare s history plays on Henry IV and Prince Hal, so my knowledge of King Henry V was nonexistent prior to diving into this book.I recently heard a quote in a British TV mini series, A war with France is traditional How true this was for many centuries In the midst of the Hundred Years War, Henry V waged a battle with Charles VI of France [...]


    9. I don t think any book about a battle is ever just about the battle, and this one is no exception There is a quick history of the events which led to the Hundred Years War between England and France, and then, as the title infers, Henry V s life is covered from the time of his father s usurpation of the crown to the time of the battle Then there s the campaign, starting with Henry s first thoughts about his right to the French crown We re led through the gathering of the men, their journey over, [...]


    10. A detailed account of the preparations, execution and aftermath of the Battle of Agincourt, the battle that made EnglandHenry V, son of the usurper Henry IV, made two promises first to rule with good governance, in order to show his legitimacy as a good king after all, he was the son of a usurper and secondly, to recover Normandy and the lands of Aquitaine By this, he had made himself a hostage to fortune, and by not living up to his promises this would be used as an excuse for every sort of opp [...]


    11. Great overview of Henry V s first campaign in France, that resulted in the taking of Harfleur and the huge English victory at Agincourt The real story behind one of Shakespeare s best remembered History plays Highly recommended as a popular account of the Agincourt campaign.


    12. While Agincourt is clearly a well researched work, Juliet Barker breaks little new ground The organisational and motivational abilities and piety and chivalry of Henry V have never been in doubt nor have the insanity of King Charles VI of France, the cowardice of his son, the dauphin, or the divided nature of the French aristocracy many of whom behaved in a remarkably chivalrous way themselves of the day.Barker s insistence on disagreeing with recent historians of the period, without giving much [...]



    13. This is a well researched book, and I learned much about 15th century chivalry than I expected 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 Occasionally, she asserts her own opinion in contrast to general opinion.I bought the book to learn how Henry was able to win the battle of Agincourt, and I did learn that through this book My only criticism is that wh [...]


    14. Oh my goodness I just love Juliet Barker s historical writing Clear lovely sentences, strong narrative pacing, and well chosen examples from primary sources She straightforwardly corrects myths and other historians , and or says, actually yes the myth is right and here s how we know Best of all, she points out interesting or important parts of the historical events that aren t in the popular understanding of the story Never a slog.


    15. There are some remarkable leadership lessons in the first half of this interesting account of Henry V s Agincourt Campaign 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 For me, this last bit was a slog, and I d recommend to the casual reader that it might not be a good investment of time to stay with it until the end For the academically inclined [...]


    16. Although I have always been interested in History, majored in U.S History in college, and have almost exclusively read History books since, I never knew much about Agincourt except that it was a major English victory during the Hundred Years War When the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt passed last month, I decided to learn some about the battle and chose Agincourt Henry V and the Battle That Made England by Juliet Barker.Barker s Agincourt isn t just about the Battle of Agincourt alone, [...]


    17. In the fourteenth century, nation states as we know them did not exist There was a England, and a France, but their borders were fluid and entangled 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 This created the kind of tension released only with knights and massed formations of archers the Hundred Years War, a series of conflicts betwee [...]


    18. 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 I was looking for deep tactical analysis of the battle itself, instead the book proved to be a comprehensive look at all aspects of the campaign which lead to the battle of Agincourt, from its formation to its conclusion and beyond.Barker does a great job of selling King Henry V s motivations for the campaign, as well as bringing great respect to his politica [...]


    19. A detailed story of the first French campaign of Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt Includes the rise of Henry V, the usurper s son, raising taxes and forming his army, crossing the Channel and capturing the French town of Harfleur, and then facing overwhelming odds on a field outside the village of Agincourt in northern France The English were outnumbered about five to one, were tired and hungry and wet, and stricken with dystentery many of Henry s archers reportedly tore holes in their britch [...]


    20. 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.unabridged read by Eliot Cowen.From Wiki The Battle of Agincourt was an English victory against a larger French army in the Hundred Years War The battle occurred on Friday 25 October 1415 Saint Crispin s Day , in northern France 6 H [...]


    21. This book was published around the same time as of Anne Curry s Agincourt A New History While Curry is considered an expert on the subject, she gives alot of attention to historiography and I find her writing a bit dry.Barker s book is much readable if I wasn t in a rush to finish off a university term paper I really would ve liked to properly read this cover to cover It covers not only the Agincourt campaign, but also serves a short biography of Henry V and delves into some of the Armagnac Bur [...]


    22. This is a fascinating book The Henry V of Shakespeare is such a hollow character compared with the reality This book is well written and well researched Because the author has done enormous research through the original medieval records, she writes about ordinary people whose names occur in the record and they are seen as people.Amazing facts emerge There were women blacksmiths and women surgeons in London in 1415.Henry V endured the removal of an arrow from his face due to the skill of a mediev [...]



    23. I really wanted to give this book five stars Barker s level of research and detail, while sometimes a bit much, is striking Further, she delves deeply into the organizational and leadership advantages that won the day for England and doomed France Parts of her text should be incorporated into management courses leadership, organization, morale, and tactics win out over size and bluster Further, it s fabulous to see a woman writing in this field.However, some features would have put this book in [...]


    24. A great non fiction book bringing the Battle of Agincourt to vivid life, telling the story of Henry V s buildup to that fated day in 1415 when the English miraculously snatched victory from the jaws of defeat outside the village of Azincourt Juliet Barker s writing is engaging and detailed and she does an admirable job dispelling some of the prevalent myths surrounding the battle and its aftermath It definitely pays off to be familiar with Shakespeare s play in this regard If I have one complai [...]


    25. The book is a great piece of research with a very detailed description of the political background leading to the battle of Agincourt The narrative is full of details, but I found the limited space dedicated to the battle itself a little disappointing And the chapters that describe the aftermath are almost pointless It gave me the impression that this book and Conquest describing what happened some years after the battle should be part of the same book, but the publisher decided to split it and [...]


    26. Well worth the read Incredibly well researched book that captivated me from start to finish The author provided the necessary backdrop to allow one to fully understand the ramifications of the English victory at Agincourt.



    27. What a great book, narrates the lead up to the battle, and the aftermath, and victorious return home, as well as detailing out the action itself A little known amazing fact was that Henry V ordered his archers to uproot their defensive stakes and advance to the French army, hammer in the stakes again with their backs to the enemy The French army even then did not attack, if they did it would have been a French victory A superb read.


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