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Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a cursed past, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks al ...more
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Published 2009 by Books on Tape (first published 2008)
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Jason Koivu
May 17, 2009 Jason Koivu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: super hardcore Cornwell fans and those interested in Henry V
Bernard Cornwell, that bastard, has written a goddamn straightforward story about the bastardly Battle of Agincourt just enjoyable enough to get me through to the goddamn end. The forced romantic storyline was as unnecessary as the goddamn gory battle details, but I understand that they are there for a goddamn reason. However, overall it's just not goddamned engaging enough for me to give this goddamn bastard of a book more than two goddamn stars. Also, I am completely done with the words goddam ...more
Mohammed  Ali
Feb 20, 2017 Mohammed Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من قلب المعركة .. أزينكور .. للكاتب البريطاني برنارد كورنويل .

ملاحظة :

النسخة التي أملكها ( الإلكترونية طبعا ) فيها أكثر من ألف صفحة .

إذا كنت من عشاق العصور الوسطى، لديك شغف حول معرفة عقلية الإنسان الأوروبي في ذلك الوقت، معتقداته، أفكاره، لباسه، أكله، تنقله، حروبه و معاركه و غيرها من الأشياء التي تستهوي الإنسان المحب للتاريخ .. هذه الرواية ستسقيك إلى حد الثمالة .. و ستروي عطشك المعرفي .

هذه الرواية استلهمها الكاتب من إحدى المعارك البريطانية-الفرنسية، و التي حقق فيها البريطانيون بقيادة هنري الخامس
Bernard Cornwell is absolutely terrible at showing the softer side of war. This book was filled with violent, gritty, visceral, dishonorable, disgusting, horrific acts of warfare ... and I loved every page of it.

It's apparent from Cornwell's writing that the man has done his homework. The battles spring to life just like the great yew longbows mentioned in the book. The siege and battle sequences were so well written that I could almost smell the blood, piss, and shit while reading. However, it
Feb 08, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
The tale of the battle of Agincourt told through the eyes of an archer, Nicholas Hooks.

Cornwell is a master of captured the drama of history from different perspective and making the story come alive. And in that, he's very successful here. It's clear he's done his research and knows his history. He knows the nuances of the period and ably weaves them into the story.

He does this by creating a character we can follow and genuinely care about. Nick is an archer in training who quickly becomes an o
Alice Poon
This was my first Bernard Cornwell novel and I picked it up because I wanted to learn about the historical background of the Battle of Azincourt, one of the significant battles in the Hundred Years' War, and about Henry V of England. When I closed the book, I was a little disappointed at the dearth of historical details relating to the ultimate and proximate causes that led to the battle, and the character of Henry V still seemed somewhat blurry in my head.

In the sweltering summer of 1415, the E
Lance Greenfield
I just love good historical fiction! It brings history to life for me in a way that those boring history lessons at school never did. My favourite writers in this genre are Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell, although there are many others who light up all of my lights.

There are many books about the Battle of Agincourt, but this has to rate as one of the best. That is unless you want the non-fiction, factual version of events. But who is to say what is factual? There is even much disagreement am
Brittany B.
***Note: I apologize for the misspelling of Cornwell as Cromwell. I changed it here, but I can't change in the comments.

Amazing!! 5 Stars! A new favorite author!! Such a good book, though not without its quirks.

The main thing to note is that this book is about a famous battle, so there is an extremely long battle scene. I became a little tired of the scene, but I realized this book is about a battle and so what did I expect. I love the writing style of Bernard Cornwell. I am excited to read hi
Jamie Collins
A riveting and graphic fictionalized account of Henry V's campaign in France in 1415, from the seige of Harfleur to the Battle of Agincourt, told from the viewpoint of a lowly English archer.

Bernard Cornwell is not a literary writer, and his characterization is fairly shallow. The personality of his characters mostly comes through in their dialogue - but that works quite well in a book like this one. I enjoyed Sir John Cornewaille's heated, filthy rants against the French, and the way his confes
J.P. Ashman
Oct 10, 2016 J.P. Ashman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this on Audible and it was just as good as I remembered. Colourful characters - and curses - and excellent build up to the famous battle. In true Bernard style, the story follows an English archer and the people around him, friend and foe. Highly recommended for history buffs and action fans alike - the fights and battles are visceral and brutal and face to face personal.
Michael Ames
Mar 24, 2010 Michael Ames rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a thrilling, moving, informative and entertaining narrative of the battle of Agincourt (of Shakespeare's Henry V fame). I was completely addicted to the audiobook for days on end. Could not stop listening.

And I simply cannot recommend it to anyone else to read.

Unless, of course, you already live on a diet of blood, gore and profanity, and will therefore not be deeply disturbed by the all-to-real imagery of life and war in the 15th century. I've struggled to understand if the degree of gr
Alright...those who know you have all picked yourselves up off the floor I will explain the dismal rating. And as I explain it, it may pay to keep in mind that the only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 is because I am a gutless coward.
Here we go.
I simply did not like it. I could not even finish it I disliked it so much. ME! A Bernard Cornwell fan of the highest order!
There are other 2 star reviews here on Goodreads that echo my own feelings on this book, so let me keep this short a
So... I had high hopes for this one. I think I also hold Cornwell to a higher standard than most authors. So even though I'm only giving it three stars, this is probably a better account of a historical English battle in the Hundred Years War than most you will find. I just can't give it the same number of stars as my least favorite book in The Saxon Stories (if there even is such a thing).

For starters, our hero Nicholas Hook is kind of a bland guy (but one that actually lived! Which is pretty c
Vagner Stefanello
Apr 18, 2014 Vagner Stefanello rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical
Review in Portuguese from Desbravando Livros:

Recheado com todos os ingredientes necessários para se fazer um romance histórico, Azincourt está, a partir de hoje, na minha lista dos melhores livros de Bernard Cornwell. É simplesmente intrigante a facilidade que o autor tem em narrar os acontecimentos de épocas passadas e ao mesmo tempo nos transportar para dentro da narrativa.

O livro nos apresenta Nicholas Hook, arqueiro inglês especialista em criar problemas desde que nasceu. Hook, assim como vá
Rio (Lynne)
Dec 20, 2012 Rio (Lynne) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars

I'll never look at the Longbow the same again. I also didn't realize it was England's primary battle equipment that was exclusive to the English. The Longbow is credited for winning not only The Agincourt Battle, but the Crecy one as well. The English could not be defeated in an open field. Even with 6000 English and 30,000 French (according to Cornwell) which is why the Agincourt Battle went down in history as one of England's most successful battles.

Cornwell tells the story around Ni
Enjoyable Historical war fiction after a long time.
I don't have a good knowledge of world history or European history, and started this book only because of the lure of a group read. Am happy that I did, because I could enrich my knowledge in a fun way. Loved the main characters and the depictions of the battle scene and soldier's lives. Nick Hook, Melisande, Sir John, Father Francis, King Henry, Tom Wilte and their comrades will live on in my memory for quite some time.
Dec 03, 2008 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, I read this after reading Cormac McCarthy's 'All The Pretty Horses'. I think I'd have liked it much better if I hadn't. The death toll feels about the same in both books, but Cornwell is writing an adventure, so if he kills off 3,000 in a day, it seems to be all in a day's work. McCarthy can get more feeling into one murder that happens out of the narrator's sight.
On the plus side he really seems to have done his research (though at the end of the book he recommends Robert Hardy's
Guilherme Passos
Jan 13, 2017 Guilherme Passos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Provavelmente o livro mais visceral e cru do Cornwell.

Ele não só demonstra os abusos e violências da Idade Média como faz questão de descrever com aquela riqueza de detalhes que só esse autor é capaz de fazer. Você realmente sente o clima da guerra, os cheiros e sabores e só por isso, já vale o livro.

Agora sobre a história, é uma das mais envolventes que já vi em questão de apego à personagens e reviravoltas. Você entra na viagem e viaja junto com os arqueiros e senhores de armas. Todos os perso
Azincourt gets 3 Stars because a)Cornwell writes a great battle scene and b)who cares what else, I read it for the battle scenes, none better. Not much of a plot here, Henry V goes to France to take what is "his" and the French object. Long siege at Harfleur weakens the English Army but Henry decides to march to Calais, giving the French King a two-fingered salute. The armies meet at Azincourt and I appreciated how Cornwell explains how the battle likely went, especially from the archer point of ...more
Dec 06, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I, too, am a fan of the middle ages. I, too, am glad I don't live there. In addition to all the comments already made about this book, with which I agree, I want to add that I got a huge kick out of Sir Robert Cornwall, who could swear as poetically and inventively as my father did.

I'm within four discs from the end and they still haven't gotten to Agincourt yet. Hmmm.
They got to Agincourt. What a lot of hacking and slashing! It's fascinating to hear how much influence a pdestrian thing like mud
There are good points and bad points. No, that's not fair...there is one (sort of) good point and about 50 (genuine) bad points. So I'll start with the good point. Some of it (and by God, you have to plough through a huge volume of tripe to find it) could be categorized as historically interesting. What I tend to do, when I wish to read something which has the sole quality of historical accuracy, is read a history book. If I'm reading a novel, there is a shedload of other qualities which I seek. ...more
Apr 28, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating look at the conquering of France with the longbow. It shows the brutality of the time, how powerful the church was and the great difference between the lords and the rest of the population.
No matter how small a role a character has in this story I still found them interesting and how could you not love Sir John!
I think Bernard Cornwell is fast becoming one of my favorite writers
Mar 19, 2009 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a big fan of the Middle Ages. Well, let me rephrase that. I find it interesting, but I definitely would not have wanted to live back then.

I ran across a number of book reviews for this while doing orders for books at work, and after I read Jondude's review, I knew that I had to move it to the top of my to-read pile. I am really glad that I did.

It all starts with Nicholas Hook in the English countryside. He works as a forester, someone who maintains the local noble's forest by
Jan 21, 2013 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, war
Cornwell's 1415 battle opus, AZINCOURT, is his stand-alone retelling of the famous battle in which Henry V and the English army took on the might of France on St Crispin's Day. What's surprising is that this famous and humungous battle only occupies that last fifth or so of the book and before then we get lots of build up and other events that came before.

I'm in two minds about this novel. When it works, it really works. Cornwell always weaves in the little story and the big story, and it's the
Feb 03, 2009 Maryanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I learned just what I expected - all the gory details about these particular medieval battles: Soissons (which I had never heard of before), Harfleur, and Agincourt (Azincourt is the French spelling - I assume that's what they called the book in Europe; my book is called Agincourt but these tiny pictures are hard to identify so I'm stuck with the "z" here). At least he didn't describe anyone's dysentary in detail! I had known in theory what fighting in plate mail was like but this is the real th ...more
I am an avid fan of all Bernard Cornwell's books but this one ranks among my favourites. I found it exciting, beautifully written and the preparations for the battles plus the actual actions were so gripping. An utterly absorbing book which I have read quite a few times.
Ben Babcock
This is the first Bernard Cornwell book I've reviewed on Goodreads, which means it is entirely too long since I have read a Bernard Cornwell book! I'm a casual fan of Cornwell, having read some of his books—I'm particularly fond of his Arthurian trilogy, and I like his Hundred Years' War stuff—and eschewing others—like the Sharpe series, or the Starbuck series, because those two historical periods appeal less to me. That is the most enduring and endearing thing about Cornwell: his remarkable ver ...more
Milo (BOK)
Aug 10, 2012 Milo (BOK) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“A bloody, gritty novel that brings the Battle of Azincourt to life. Cornwell weaves a wonderful novel that you won’t want to put down.” ~The Founding Fields

Note: This novel is titled Agincourt in the USA.

I’ve been recently introduced to the legend that is Bernard Cornwell through his Sharpe series. Although I’ve only read Sharpe’s Tiger, I’ve seen the TV series with Sean Bean in them and found them to be pretty interesting, and I have been
Jan 30, 2009 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My love of Agincourt comes directly from the Bard himself, and by extension the superb Kenneth Brannagh film of Henry V. Bearing that in mind, imagine how intrigued I was to find that Bernard Cornwell, renowned for his historical fictions, was writing a novel of that most famous battle. Did it live up to my expectations? Well no, but it's still a good book, and if the subject matter interests you I encourage you to pick it up.

I will say one thing for Cornwell, and that is that he certainly does
Nov 22, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Bernard Cornwell really cranks up the heat of battle in this fine historical novel. I always like a writer who is confident enough in the quality of his work that he can take time to write a note at the end and tell where he deviated from history, or where he just guessed a few things.

However, the wonderful historical information at the back of this book (the author's notes on touring the battlefield, Henry V's speech from Shakespeare's play, a Carol to Henry V, and an interview with the author
Aug 31, 2012 Nate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-ages, owned
More good stuff from Cornwell. This is my first book of his that isn't in the Saxon Tales series, but I was sure that I'd get the same Cornwell goodness despite the unfamiliar territory. I first learned about the famous battle at Agincourt from the film version of Henry V and the concept interested me, especially considering that the English were outnumbered and far from home yet managed to win a decisive victory. I'm not sure whether or not it was because of the relatively limited scope in comp ...more
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“Shit!” Evelgold added.
“What?” Hook asked, alarmed.
“I just stepped in some.”
“That’s supposed to bring you luck,” Hook said.
“Then I’d better dance in the goddam stuff.”
“The first sound was the bowstrings, the snap of five thousand hemp cords being tightened by stressed yew, and that sound was like the devil’s harpstrings being plucked. Then there was the arrow sound, the sigh of air over feathers, but multiplied, so that it was like the rushing of a wind. That sound diminished as two clouds of arrows, thick as any flock of starlings, climbed into the gray sky. Hook, reaching for another broadhead, marveled at the sight of five thousand arrows in two sky-shadowing groups. The two storms seemed to hover for a heart’s beat at the height of their trajectory, and then the missiles fell. It was Saint Crispin’s Day in Picardy. For an instant there was silence. Then the arrows struck. It was the sound of steel on steel. A clatter, like Satan’s hailstorm.” 10 likes
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