Agincourt: Book summary and reviews of Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell

Agincourt

A Novel

By Bernard Cornwell

Agincourt
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2009,
    464 pages.

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The word Agincourt echoes still for us today. It was one of the greatest English victories ever. The few, the yeomen of England, triumphed over their adversaries.

It is a true story that Bernard Cornwell has long wanted to write. It is hard to imagine a better storyteller to bring such an amazing time to life. The characters are all based in fact and the heroes are the English longbowmen, the backbone of Henry V's army, his secret weapon. But the single, strongest character, is a champion of tournaments, and yet is imprisoned for marrying a forbidden woman. He becomes a great warrior.

'Azincourt', the name of the place where the battle happened and its name in England for some centuries afterwards, is an outstanding and powerful novel. Full of detail of the countryside, of the torrential rain and mud, of the sickness among the soldiers and their fear of the overwhelming enemy facing them, the story depicts completely the courage, the stoicism, the sheer bloody-mindedness of the fighting man.

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"... Hollywood-ready construction undercuts the you are there feeling of Cornwell's otherwise vivid recreation of Henry V's greatest military triumph." - Publishers Weekly.

"The usual splendid stuff from the master of historical battle. There's a bit of deus ex machina, but it's tolerable. " - Kirkus Reviews.

"Most impressive, Cornwell has produced a military adventure with a subtle but powerful antiwar tone, filled with dramatic battle scenes that unsparingly convey the horrors and futility of the Agincourt campaign. Recommended for all libraries." - Library Journal.

"Nobody in the world does this stuff better than Cornwell - action set six hundred years ago is a fresh and vital as six days ago, with rough, tough men at war, proving once again that nothing changes - least of all great storytelling." - Lee Child.

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Bernard Cornwell Author Biography

Bernard Cornwell was born (in 1944) and brought up in Britain, where he worked in the British Broadcasting Centre (BBC), ending up as Head of Current Affairs TV for the BBC in Northern Ireland. While working in Belfast he met Judy, a visiting American, fell in love and moved to the USA with her.

For reasons unknown he was refused a Green Card, so decided to earn his living writing. His first book, 'Sharpe's Eagle', was about a British soldier during the Napoleonic Wars; it was published in the early '80s.

There are now over 20 titles in the Sharpe series.  In addition Cornwell has written a number of other novels, as well as several short stories.  For the full list of books in series order (which is different to the publication ...

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