Buy Azincourt 1st Paperback by Bernard Cornwell (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Agincourt (Azincourt in French) is one of the most famous battles ever fought; the victory of a small, despised, sick and hungry army over an enemy that. Azincourt (Extract). In a group of mercenary English soldiers were among the garrison of Soissons, a town in Burgundian hands that was besieged by the.

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Apparently all the others were names taken benrard the archives about Azincourt, and it is that level of detail that I have come to love most about Cornwell’s work.

This is a war story. But they just pale in comparison to the battle sequences.

I can understand why they must be done and they do make the history of the period and events come more alive. The nobility could capture noble prisoners for ransom, and the common folk beranrd always acquire some nice armour, weapons, or trinkets from the corpses. One misses the word-music, the hairs-rising-on-the-back-of-the-neck excitement of the St Crispin’s Day speech.

Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell

The first attack is driven back by the English as they step back, behind the stakes and the French horses either bolt in terror or are impaled upon the deadly spikes. I’ve struggled to understand if the degree of gr This is a thrilling, moving, informative and entertaining narrative of the battle of Agincourt of Shakespeare’s Henry V fame. So, after wallowing in my guilt for half a day and wondering how it is possible that I could not like a Cornwell book.

Before the battle Henry under the guise of ‘John Swan’ speaks with the men, Hook realises that it is indeed the king after noticing his distinctive scar and tells ‘John Swan’ that the king claims to be a religious man but is a sinner for killing an innocent man, Michael. Topics Fiction The Observer. No one else could hope to take Shakespeare’s Henry V, strip it of its rhetoric and tell the unvarnished truth about the Battle of Agincourt, which saw slaughter on a scale that shocked Christendom and which, only this week, led some French academics to accuse Henry’s soldiers of war crimes.

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The French banners hung motionless above their tents. I’ve spent the morning googling to fill in the blanks. It’s fascinating to hear how much influence a pdestrian thing like mud can have on the outcome of a battle.

Burgundy and France are in bitter conflict and the French attack, win easily, sack the crnwelland torture and kill the English archers as well as the loyal French citizens which shocks Europe. But Nicolas is just so earnest, especially toward the end of the book, that he won me over almost without Cornwell’s help.

Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell – review

Colourful characters – and curses – and excellent build up to the famous battle. This has to be one of aincourt best and it, unlike some others, is complete in itself. Cornwell is at his best when The Battle is finally joined for almost all of the last pages.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. He named his chief protagonist Richard Sharpe, a rifleman involved in most major battles of the Peninsular War.

Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell – review – Telegraph

In his descriptions of the siege preparations and execution, from Nicolas’ role as an archer to the Welsh diggers and the horrible living conditions, Cornwell shows us that he knows his stuff. All the baddies are killed by Nick and some supporting goodies, while Lanferelle realizes it is wrong to be a baddie and turns goodie by the end of the story. Add to this the numerous ‘turd-sucking’,’cabbage-shitting’ and ‘fart’ renditions during this novel largely spoken by Hugh Laur- I mean Sir John azincourg it would be enough to frustrate a moderately well educated ten year old.


If I had been unfamiliar with Cornwell I might have abandoned this book early on.

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I don’t have a good knowledge of world history or European history, and started this book only because of the lure of a group read. This year the author Caroline Corby has also struck a winning formula by combining fiction with historic fact.

We fight at the barricade, then we comes here if it all goes wrong. Bernatd am excited to read his other historical fiction books, which are not so heavy on battle scenes. One of them, an archer himself, asks Hook to protect his granddaughter, Sarah after he the condemned man bednard gone. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Cornwell needs to neurologically get off his arse and expand his vocabulary for a start. The battles are all told very well and are exciting. Basically, with a historical novel, the story is already half written, to a greater or lesser degree. This felt a little off to me, but the connection is made clear in the end and it was a deviation from Cornwell’s norm. Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell Goodreads Author. Melisande kills Martin using her crossbow.

I found azuncourt exciting, beautifully written and the preparations for the battles plus the actual actions were so gripping. By returning alive from Soissonsand reporting the treachery of the English knight Sir Roger Pallaire, who conspired with the French and sacrificed bernad own archers, Hook earns good stead with his new lord, Sir John Bernagdand with King Henry V.

I would have preferred more historical detail. EnglandSoissonsFrance AzincourtFrance.