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By Juliet Barker

Whilst Henry V and his ‘band of brothers’ defeated the assembled may possibly of French chivalry on a wet October day in 1415 it was once a defining second in English background. The conflict of Agincourt grew to become a part of the nation’s self-image. for 6 centuries it's been celebrated because the triumph of the under-dog within the face of overwhelming odds, of self-discipline and resolution over vanity and egotism, of stout-hearted universal males over dissolute aristocrats. yet what's the fact at the back of the conflict upon which such a lot of legends were built?

In this landmark learn of Agincourt, prize-winning writer Juliet Barker attracts upon an incredible variety of assets, released and unpublished, English and French, to provide a compelling account of the conflict. yet she additionally seems in the back of the motion at the box to color a portrait of the age, from the logistics of getting ready to release one of many largest invasion forces ever visible on the time to the dynamics of everyday life in peace and struggle. She indicates how the chivalry and piety which underpinned medieval society, and the contradictions inherent in attempting to uphold them, have been mirrored within the destiny of these stuck up within the brutal strength struggles of the interval. A mad king, murderous dukes, scheming bishops, knightly heroes, surgeons, heralds, spies and pirates, the tale of Agincourt has all of them.

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