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By Ian Mortimer

ISBN-10: 0224079921

ISBN-13: 9780224079921

An epic account of King Henry V and the mythical conflict of Agincourt, from the writer of the bestselling Time Traveller's advisor to Medieval England.
Henry V is thought of as the good English hero. Lionised in his personal lifetime for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous program of justice, he was once increased through Shakespeare right into a champion of English nationalism. yet does he particularly need to be regarded as 'the maximum guy who ever governed England'?

In Ian Mortimer's groundbreaking ebook, he portrays Henry within the pivotal yr of his reign; recording the dramatic occasion of 1415, he deals the fullest, such a lot distinctive and least romanticised view we've of Henry and of what he did. the result's not just a desirable reappraisal of Henry; it brings to the fore many unpalatable truths which biographies and army historians have principally overlooked. on the centre of the publication is the crusade which culminated within the conflict of Agincourt: a slaughter floor designed to not improve England's curiosity without delay yet to illustrate God's approval of Henry's royal authority on each side of the channel.

1415 used to be a yr of spiritual persecution, own discomfort and one horrendous conflict. this is often the tale of that 12 months, as visible over the shoulder of its so much cold-hearted, so much bold and such a lot celebrated hero.

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However, in this study, which has no structure except the days of the year, everything relating to the king and his challenges is relevant. To exclude or change the position of anything would partially distort the picture of Henry V in 1415. Moreover, it is only by including everything that we can start to go beyond the evidence and to remark on aspects of normal medieval behaviour that do not feature in Henry’s life – his lack of relationships with women, for example, or the lack of references to jousting.

It was a double embarrassment that many men saw Henry’s claim to the throne of England as based on a half-truth, and his claim to that of France as based on an outright lie. On such things did men brood, and think, and whisper darkly, even at Christmas, with holly around the hall and the bright chandeliers burning above them. * If you could have been there that day, standing before Henry V as he ate, what would you have seen? A thoughtful-looking man of twenty-eight, seated at a linen-covered table, with his brothers, other great lords, and bishops dining on either side of him.

16 In early 1412 both Armagnacs and Burgundians again sent ambassadors to secure the support of Henry IV, now wholly in charge of the government. John the Fearless’s ambassadors received their safe conducts on 11 January and arrived in England on 1 February. The Armagnac ambassadors were not far behind them, receiving their safe conducts on 6 February. But in reality the king’s resumption of power meant that John the Fearless’s representatives were always going to have a difficult job securing an agreement.

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