Buy Azincourt 1st Paperback by Bernard Cornwell (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Agincourt (Azincourt in French) is one of the most famous battles ever fought; the victory of a small, despised, sick and hungry army over an enemy that. Azincourt (Extract). In a group of mercenary English soldiers were among the garrison of Soissons, a town in Burgundian hands that was besieged by the.

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They just have to superimpose their own tale within the given historical setting.

Historical fiction book suggestions? 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. But if you’re not prone to a queasy stomach or bad dreams, this book may be well worth it. Keep in mind that life was very much like he describes in his books, so it’s not gratuitous. Hook manages to azicnourt himself in a house and save a local nun, Melisande, from rape.

But Father Martin decides to take the girl for himself, and in an unsuccessful attempt to shield her, Hook attacks the priest. This book was filled with violent, gritty, visceral, bernadr, disgusting, horrific acts of warfare 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 ccornwell, and the character of Henry V still seemed somewhat blurry in my head.

Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell

Whether this is a fair criticism or not, I will leave to fellow readers to decide. Give him a time period, any time period, and a battle, and he will find a character and a story that fits. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I’m a casual fan of Cornwell, having aznicourt some of his books—I’m particularly fond of his Arthurian trilogy, and I like his Hundred Years’ War stuff—and eschewing others—like the Sharpe series, or the Starbuck series, because those two historical periods appeal less to me. But he is also, like Shakespeare’s Henry, conspicuous for his piety, praying zealously to Saints Crispin and Crispinian, whom he regards as his guardian angels.


Many of the nobles, and a good deal of the common soldiers, are fighting for gold and glory. He could not discover the questioner, but deigned to offer an answer anyway. Sir Roger, who had been standing next to the screaming man, stepped fastidiously away and grimaced at the blood that had spattered across the badge on his surcoat.

If I’m reading a novel, there is a shedload of other qualities which I seek. What a lot of hacking and slashing! After all, it takes the voices of saints to urge him on to commit noble deeds! Henry V contains many of the most resonant lines ever written about warfare and some of the best-known lines ever written in the English language.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is mainly as a result of crap dialogue One misses the word-music, the hairs-rising-on-the-back-of-the-neck excitement of the St Crispin’s Day speech. Skulls cleaved, limbs lost, men screaming for mercy and all praying to God.

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Dec 03, Bob rated it liked it. My favourite writers in this genre are Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell, although there are many others who light up all of my lights.

I never realized that most armor of those days could be pierced by arrows shot from a longbow, nor had I fully understood why the English had longbowmen, but the French did not. They want him to be their avenging angel for the tragedy at Soissons. McCarthy can get more feeling into one murder that happens out of the narrator’s sight. If she’d stabbed bsrnard in the neck with a crossbow bolt, or a small dagger, I could’ve swallowed that, but this version of events was just impossible!

I also suspect that women readers are attracted by all the detail surrounding the battles,’ said Ridout. Sir Roger Stour, commander of the English contingent, ignored the greeting.

Cornwell takes exquisite time getting there, summoning the tension and frustration, perhaps even the long stretches of boredom, that realistically precede ultimate engagement. Views Read Edit View history. Cornwell, 64, was adopted as a child by members of a religious sect known as the Peculiar Cornwelll.

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Unable to get a green card, he started writing novels, as this did not require a work permit. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is not a game, and if you are not a hardened veteran like Nicolas has become, then you are corwell of luck. The church of Begnard Antoine le Petit was stone-built and defensible, but not nearly so safe as the azuncourt, though it was true the castle was at the other end of the town and Hook wondered how difficult it would be to reach that refuge if townsfolk were blocking the streets and French men-at-arms were howling through the breached ramparts.


The battle is famous today not just for its impact on the destiny of the English and their young king, but because the author who last made it the subject of a major work was William Shakespeare.

During a failed attack, Hook kills Robert Perrill by thrusting a crossbow bolt through the man’s eye. Click here for suggestions for further reading in Szincourt Books. Enjoyable Historical war fiction after a long time.

We fight at the barricade, then we comes here if it all goes wrong. This page was last edited on 1 Aprilat This article has multiple issues. You and your whole company. By returning alive from Soissonsand reporting the treachery of the English knight Sir Roger Pallaire, who conspired with the French and sacrificed his own archers, Hook earns good stead with his new lord, Sir John Cornewailleand with King Henry V. He relocated to the United States in after marrying an American.

It’s fascinating to hear how much influence a pdestrian thing like mud can have on the outcome of a battle.

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The sergeant scooped a wet mess from his belt. And in that, he’s very successful here. It shows the brutality of the time, how powerful the church was and the great difference between the lords bernsrd the rest of the population. But first there was light.