By Ian Mortimer
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 considered the good English hero. Lionised in his personal lifetime for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous software of justice, he was once increased by means of Shakespeare right into a champion of English nationalism. yet does he fairly need to be regarded as 'the maximum guy who ever governed England'?
In Ian Mortimer's groundbreaking e-book, he portrays Henry within the pivotal 12 months of his reign; recording the dramatic occasion of 1415, he bargains the fullest, such a lot special and least romanticised view we have now 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 neglected. on the centre of the publication is the crusade which culminated within the conflict of Agincourt: a slaughter flooring designed to not increase England's curiosity without delay yet to illustrate God's approval of Henry's royal authority on each side of the channel.
1415 was once a 12 months of non secular persecution, own soreness and one horrendous conflict. this can be the tale of that 12 months, as obvious over the shoulder of its such a lot cold-hearted, such a lot bold and such a lot celebrated hero.
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6. Sixteenth-century crayon drawing by J. le Boucq of Humphrey, duke of Gloucester, copied from a lost portrait (Médiathèque d’Arras, bibliothèque municipale d’Arras, MS Arras 266). 7. Effigy of Henry Beaufort, bishop of Winchester, in Winchester Cathedral (author’s collection). 8. Effigy of Henry Chichele, archbishop of Canterbury, in Canterbury Cathedral (Ric Horner). 9. Effigy of Ralph Neville, earl of Westmorland, and his wives in Staindrop Church, County Durham (Dr John Banham). 10. Effigy of Thomas Fitzalan, earl of Arundel, and his wife, Beatrice, in Arundel Castle Chapel, English School, fourteenth century (His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle/Bridgeman Art Library).
The duke of Anjou was astonished. John was a member of the royal family. He was the king’s first cousin, and thus the dead man’s first cousin. He had attended the memorial service the very day after the murder. How could he have done such a thing? The duke of Berry, who was also present, wept at the enormity of the deed. Both men were left speechless, unable to act. 1 The realisation that John the Fearless had murdered his cousin came as a profound shock to the whole kingdom of France. When the king of England, Henry IV, had secretly murdered his cousin and rival Richard II seven years earlier, the French had condemned him in the most uncompromising language.
John was a member of the royal family. He was the king’s first cousin, and thus the dead man’s first cousin. He had attended the memorial service the very day after the murder. How could he have done such a thing? The duke of Berry, who was also present, wept at the enormity of the deed. Both men were left speechless, unable to act. 1 The realisation that John the Fearless had murdered his cousin came as a profound shock to the whole kingdom of France. When the king of England, Henry IV, had secretly murdered his cousin and rival Richard II seven years earlier, the French had condemned him in the most uncompromising language.
1415 : Henry V’s year of glory by Ian Mortimer