|Author: Bernard Cornwell|
|"The greatest writer of historical adventures today" ("Washington Post") tackles his richest, most thrilling subject yet--the heroic tale of Agincourt. A commoner, a king, and a nation''s entire army embark on a mission to test the will of God and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.|
From the Publisher:
A tale inspired by the legendary battle of Agincourt finds the "band of brothers" rallying against disease, hunger and formidable weather around longbowman Nicholas Hook, who in spite of his outlaw status fights for his country and the woman he loves. Reprint. 125,000 first printing. A best-selling novel.
One of the most dramatic victories in British history, the battle of Agincourt—immortalized by Shakespeare in Henry V—pitted undermanned and overwhelmed English forces against a French army determined to keep their crown out of Henry's hands. Here Bernard Cornwell resurrects the legend of the battle and the "band of brothers" who fought on that fateful October day in 1415. An epic of redemption, Agincourt follows a commoner, a king, and a nation's entire army on an improbable mission to test the will of God and reclaim what is rightfully theirs—an exhilarating story of survival and slaughter that is, at once, a brilliant work of history and a triumph of imagination.
The acclaimed master of medieval warfare is in top form here, as Bernard Cornwell documents the unfathomable brutality of one of the most famous battles in English history. The events are filtered through the eyes of protagonist Nicholas Hook, who, like the rest of the English army, has been dispatched to France with the vague assignment to kill Frenchmen. The King is Henry V, and he has claimed the throne of France by "divine right," thus playing God and sending thousands of men (and many women) to their gruesome demise. As the adrenalin and rage of the warriors intensifies, so does Cornwell's writing, until the final battle scene emerges as a sensational, full-bodied (and full-bloodied) experience.