Introduced by Bernard Cornwell, three-quarter-bound in cloth with a printed paper front board, set in Bulmer, frontispiece and 32 pages of colour plates, 10" x 6¾", 480 pages.

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This revised and updated edition features redrawn maps and full colour pictures that help shed light on this story of knights and knaves, as well as a new preface and appendices by the author and an introduction by Bernard Cornwell, who drew much of the material for his fictional account of the battle from Barker’s book. Agincourt is a lively, accessible narrative that reveals the chivalry and brutality of a time when kings still fought on the battlefield.

‘Juliet Barker combines scrupulous scholarship with an imaginative sympathy to bring the world of Agincourt to vivid life’

One of the most famous episodes in British history, the battle of Agincourt has been described as both a triumph and a slaughter. After 600 years of debate and research there is little doubt that Henry V’s overwhelmingly successful victory against the French, with an exhausted, vastly outnumbered army, is a slice of history that will continue to captivate.

Juliet Barker presents the battle from all angles: the king, the common man who would fight for him, and the slow road to war. The Henry V who emerges through the pages of this book is determined and canny – a man who was convinced of his God-given right to the throne of France, but well aware it would not simply fall into his lap. As well as examining the political manoeuvring and the extensive preparations that culminated in the violent conflict on St Crispin’s day, the author reveals the far-reaching repercussions of the bloodshed. Barker’s account is immediate and fresh, with an eye for the human story amid the machinations: from the desperate words of the chaplain who stood witness – ‘in fear and trembling, with our eyes raised to heaven we cried out that God would have compassion upon us’ – to the remarkable skill and endurance of the British archers, who could fire up to 15 aimed arrows a minute, Agincourt brings history to life in strikingly human terms.

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