Agincourt: a new history
As night fell in Picardy on Thursday 24 October 1415, Henry V and his English troops, worn down by their long march after the taking of Harfleur and diminished by the dysentery they had suffered there, can little have dreamt that the battle of the next day would provide them with one of the most complete victories ever won. Anne Curry's startling new history recreates the campaign and battle from the perspectives of the English and the French. Only now, through an in-depth investigation of the contemporary narrative sources as well as the administrative records, and through a new look at the terrain where the battle was fought, can we come to firmer conclusions on what exactly happened, and why. This book, based on years of painstaking research and reflection, makes clear the genius of Henry V as a military leader, and the strengths and capabilities of the English army which he commanded. There can be no doubt of the desire of the French to resist him and to protect their homeland from his invasion. the French fought bravely and to the death. So what went wrong for the French? This question, and many more, are answered in this lively new history.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This new look at Agincourt is stunning in the assertions that Curry makes. Probably the greatest living historian on this battle, Curry builds on the work of other more recent observers on Agincourt, and challenges long held views on the numbers of troops involved on both sides, making the odds a bit more even. Curry also challenges long-held beliefs on the number of casualties on both sides, gives additional support to views that Henry V was a great commander.
Review: Agincourt: A New HistoryUser Review - Goodreads
Wants for a tad more narrative structure. Prose can get thick with names, places, and informational details. I wanted a little more "story." The subject matter remains fascinating, and the book is well researched.