Agincourt The greatest writer of historical adventures today Washington Post tackles his richest most thrilling subject yet the heroic tale of Agincourt Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a cursed past haunted

  • Title: Agincourt
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780061578915
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The greatest writer of historical adventures today Washington Post tackles his richest, most thrilling subject yet the heroic tale of Agincourt 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 th The greatest writer of historical adventures today Washington Post tackles his richest, most thrilling subject yet the heroic tale of Agincourt 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 all Christendom With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death Instead he is discovered by the young King of England Henry V himself and by royal command he takes up the longbow again and dons the cross of Saint George Hook returns to France as part of the superb army Henry leads in his quest to claim the French crown But after the English campaign suffers devastating early losses, it becomes clear that Hook and his fellow archers are their king s last resort in a desperate fight against an enemy daunting than they could ever have imagined One of the most dramatic victories in British history, the battle of Agincourt, immortalized by Shakespeare in Henry V pitted, undermanned and overwhelmed English forces against a French army determined to keep their crown out of Henry s hands Here Bernard Cornwell resurrects the legend of the battle and the band of brothers who fought it on October 25, 1415 An epic of redemption, Agincourt follows a commoner, a king, and a nation s entire army on an improbable mission to test the will of God and reclaim what is rightfully theirs From the disasters at the siege of Harfleur to the horrors of the field of Agincourt, this exhilarating story of survival and slaughter is at once a brilliant work of history and a triumph of imagination Bernard Cornwell at his best.

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    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 ha [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 cool [...]

    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 [...]

    ***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 [...]

    Alrightose who know mew 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 that echo my own feelings on this book, so let me keep this short and sweet. The writi [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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.

    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 c [...]

    After closing the book I had to sit for a while just to come to terms with what I had been reading. The sheer brutality that is hand to hand warfare. Men covered in blood and gore from their opponents. Skulls cleaved, limbs lost, men screaming for mercy and all praying to God.I then thought, did the men in the fifteenth century suffer from PTSD, or did their live have so little value they just accepted the brutality as a way of life?Bernard Cornwell is the consummate storyteller. He takes a piec [...]

    3.75 StarsI'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.

    Extremely bloody, graphic, laced with profanity and rather too anti-clerical, Agincourt still managed to be both completely believable and fascinating. I know very little about the Hundred Years War, but Cornwell managed to make the history lesson compelling and clear. The history was well-researched and the period detail brutally convincing. As a child, I used to love visiting the Medieval armory section of New York Metropolitan Museum, so it was particularly intriguing to learn so much more ab [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    The whole book (400+ pages) is, of course, leading up to The Battle. Cornwell takes exquisite time getting there, summoning the tension and frustration, perhaps even the long stretches of boredom, that realistically precede ultimate engagement. (This war game is no video game, with a glut of unremitting action.) The reader, like the characters in the novel, is made to wait for it. This allows time for plenty of detail and realism, the sort of thing that Cornwell manages well, and the sort of inf [...]

    رواية تاريخية تعود بالقارئ إلى زمن مضى منذ أكثر من ستمائة عام و بالضبط إلى زمن حرب المائة عام بين انجلترا و فرنسا خلال العصور الوسطى . يصور الكاتب من خلالها - إضافة إلى سرد الأحداث التاريخية- نمط حياة الاوروبيين في تلك الازمنة و يذكر بعض عاداتهم و المتعلقة خاصة بفترة الحروب كا [...]

    There are good points and bad points. No, that's not fairere 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. So, [...]

    Bernard Cornwell must be the most obsessive novelist of English military history that lives (or maybe that ever lived). While this may seem a boring or potentially monochromatic palette, in his hands it is an amazing canvas. Here he deals with the battle that made Henry V the stuff of legends. Though we get a very interesting portrait of him, the story (as is typical of Cornwell) is told from the perspective of a “mere” archer. We learn how he got to be one of the king’s archers and the me [...]

    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

    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.

    This puts you into 1414-1415 time period and placements superbly. Perfectly and to such an extent that I could only give it a 5 star rating. Not for the "fun" of the read, but for the stench and texture of it.The afterwards sections relating his reference and research trio of historical non-fiction done upon Azincourt (French spelling) and with sections of Shakespeare and also the physical history of the long bow (yew) added made it fully 5 star.The prose style is so precise and yet complex. The [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

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