Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle
Agincourt took place on 25 October 1415 and was a turning-point not only in the Hundred Years War between England and France but also in the history of weaponry. Azincourt (as it is now) is in the Pas-de-Calais, and the French were famously defeated by an army led by Henry V. Henry V's stunning victory revived England's military prestige and greatly strengthened his territ...more
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 detail ...more
Barker's approach is to delight in the detail available to us from the Royal accounts. We see the amounts of supplies and who ...more
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 w ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Henry 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 ...more
The real story behind one of Shakespeare's best remembered History plays!
Highly recommended as a popular account of the Agincourt campaign.
Barker's insistence on disagreeing with recent historians of the period, without givin ...more
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 i ...more
Barker’s Agincourt isn’t just about the Battle of Agincourt ...more
Barker does a great job of selling King Henry V's motivations for the campaign, as well as bringing great respect to his politic ...more
Barker's book is much more 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 Arma ...more
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 m ...more
A book only on the Battle of Agincourt itself would be brief - and so this book undertakes ...more
This is how history should be written. A skilled historian using meticulous research with a feel for the period is able to write a serio ...more
On one hand, Barker recreates not just the battle and the larger campaign in incredible detail, but also what life was like as the Age of Chivalry came to its end. We learn about the English financial calendar, French court life, medieval hunting practices, Welsh rebellions, fifteenth century religious movements, arrow production (best bow-staves were cut from a single piece of straight-grained yew, import ...more
Putting my confusion aside, I really thought this was a great book. The politics behind the battle were complicated, bu ...more
One also gets a better view of what Henry must have been like and how talented a ruler, general and manager he was. I also now appreci ...more
Barker was educated at Bradford Girls' Grammar School and St Anne's College, Oxford, where ...more