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Author Barker, Juliet R. V.

Title Agincourt : Henry V and the battle that made England / Juliet Barker.

Imprint New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2006.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    944.0254 BAR    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    944.02542 BAR    Available
 PAS Santa Catalina Branch Non-Fiction    944.02542 BAR    Available
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Description xiii, 445 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Note Originally published: London, 2005.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [413]-423) and index.
Contents The Road To Agincourt -- Aquitaine (English Gascony) -- The route of the Agincourt march -- The French royal succession and Edward III's claim to the throne of France -- The English royal line from Edward III -- The French royal line: the House of Valois -- Just rights and inheritances -- A king's apprenticeship -- A most Christian king -- The diplomatic effort -- Scots and plots -- "He who desires peace, let him prepare for war" -- Of money and men -- The army gathers -- The Agincourt Campaign -- The route of the Agincourt march -- "Fair stood the wind for France" -- Harfleur -- "Our town of Harfleur" -- The march to Calais -- Crossing the Somme -- The eve of battle -- "Felas, lets go!" -- The Aftermath Of Battle -- The roll of the dead -- The return of the king -- The rewards of victory.
Summary "Two armies face off across a sodden plateau in northeastern France, each waiting for the other to make the first move. On one side are the English, suffering from dysentery and starvation, their numbers devastated. Arrayed against them is a rested and well-fed French army, a sea of burnished armor and menacing weaponry primed to slaughter the foolish invaders. Nevertheless, the charismatic and brilliant English king, twenty-eight-year-old Henry V, defies conventional military wisdom and leads his "band of brothers" forward. His troops are outnumbered six to one." "What follows is one of the most remarkable battles in history, celebrated for almost six centuries as the classic triumph of the underdog in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Immortalized by Shakespeare and by contemporary historians, the battle of Agincourt has been embellished and edited by the quill of unbridled nationalism. Now, drawing on a wide range of primary sources and original research, medievalist Juliet Barker casts aside the myth and shows us the truth behind Henry's invasion of France and the showdown at Agincourt. She paints a narrative of the entire campaign, from the preparations to the reaping of the spoils. We are there in the English camps as common men struggle to secure buckles and laces with numb fingers; in the French front lines as petulant noblemen squabble over positions in the vanguard; and in the deep mud as heavily armed knights stumble and struggle under a barrage of arrows so thick and fast that it darkens the skies." "Barker also takes us beyond the battlefield to bring into focus the dynamics of medieval life in peace and war. We meet ordinary and extraordinary people such as Margaret Merssh, a female blacksmith who forges arms in the Tower of London; Lord Grey of Codnor, who pawns his own armor to pay his soldiers' wages; and Raoul de Gaucourt, the gallant French knight who surrenders himself into English custody simply because the code of chivalry compels him to do so."--Book jacket. Also includes information on archers, armour, chivalry, coats of arms, gunpowder, heralds, horses, knights, men at arms, prisoners, ships, tournaments, Tower of London, wine, women, etc.
Subject Henry V, King of England, 1387-1422.
Agincourt, Battle of, Agincourt, France, 1415.
Great Britain -- History, Military -- 1066-1485.
France -- History, Military -- 1328-1589.
ISBN 0316015032 (hardcover)
9780316015035 (hardcover)

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