Annotations for Agincourt : Henry V and the Battle That Made England

Book News
Barker is a medievalist and biographer, and this is a paperbound reprint of her 2005 book. The battle of Agincourt (October 1415), has long been acknowledged by historians and popular culture to be a defining moment in British history; for some, it also marks the downfall of chivalry and the ushering in of the Early Modern period. At Agincourt, Henry V, outnumbered deep in French territory, defeated the French under Charles VI, utilizing the longbow to great effect but also controversially killing all but the most important French prisoners to prevent a battle on two fronts. She examines the preparations, campaign, battle, and aftereffects from the point of view of the English, arguing that despite claims that the campaign at Agincourt contributed to strife that brought about the English War of the Roses, an outcome that included Henry V losing at Agincourt would have had devastating ramifications for England. This book is intended for general readers interested in late medieval history and warfare. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Hachette Book Group
Waged almost six centuries ago, the Battle of Agincourt still captivates. It is the classic underdog story, and generations have wondered how the English--outmanned by the French six to one--could have succeeded so bravely and brilliantly. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Juliet Barker paints a gripping narrative of the October 1415 clash between the outnumbered English archers and the heavily armored French knights. Populated with chivalrous heroes, dastardly spies, and a ferocious and bold king, AGINCOURT is as earthshaking as its subject--and confirms Juliet Barker's status as both a historian and a storyteller of the first rank.