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 consultant 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 by way of Shakespeare right into a champion of English nationalism. yet does he relatively should 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 deals the fullest, so much specific 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 armed forces historians have principally missed. on the centre of the ebook is the crusade which culminated within the conflict of Agincourt: a slaughter flooring designed to not strengthen 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 12 months of non secular persecution, own agony 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 formidable and such a lot celebrated hero.
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8 And Henry IV had always been much closer to the old duke of Berry, now one of the Armagnac lords, than to the Burgundians. Prince Henry had several reasons to listen to the Burgundians. The most obvious was that the safekeeping of Calais was his responsibility, and in that capacity his men already had experience of negotiating with John’s ambassadors. 9 Henry could not easily agree to talk to them about a truce in one arena and refuse to entertain the idea of a truce in another. But he probably also had the long-term strategic implications in mind.
17 The king, in tears, simply flung the dagger to one side and embraced his son. But even though their personal relationship was thereby restored, the prince remained in the political wilderness for the rest of his father’s life. His only role in government was that of standing by and waiting for the king to die. * The Treaty of Bourges was illegal. The Armagnac lords had no right to recognise English sovereignty in Gascony or anywhere else; far less could they agree to fight Frenchmen to secure that sovereignty.
70). 32. Original letter said to have been written by Henry V in his own hand (British Library, Cotton Vespasian F iii fol. 9). This book is dedicated to my brother Robert Mortimer, a fire-fighter, a saver of lives – a real hero – and the kindest of men. IAN MORTIMER 1415 Henry V’s Year of Glory Author’s Note Foreign names have been treated in two ways. g. John the Fearless; Philip, count of Vertus) have been given in English. g. Jean Petit, Jehanne de Lesparre) with the exception of the one reference to Joan of Arc, whose name is well known in the English-speaking world.
1415 : Henry V’s year of glory by Ian Mortimer