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Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell
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Jun 18, 10

bookshelves: historicalish-fiction, this-sceptred-isle, fiction
Read from June 12 to 18, 2010

I liked this; it was well-written, well-paced, and kept my interest throughout. However, through most of it, I felt like I had read the same before. It's very much like Cornwell's earlier book The Archer's Tale, which told the story of an English archer, culminating in the battle of Crecy.

The respective protagonists of both books are from the lower orders and manage to overcome dodgy pasts through their prowess in battle. At both Crecy and Agincourt, English archers were instrumental in stopping an attack by French knights and men-at-arms. If anything, the trilogy begun with Crecy book is more complex in its plot.

Still, Cornwell as always does a good job of relating the events of the battle and manages to create a sense of dramatic tension, even though his readers tend to know how events will play out.

Worth a few hours of aimless thrills, and if one isn't familiar with the battle of Agincourt, this book is a decent way to remedy that shortcoming.

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