• Azincourt

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Damien Goodwin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 30-07-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (292 ratings)

Summary

An extraordinary and dramatic depiction of the legendary battle of Agincourt from the number one historical novelist Agincourt, fought on October 25th 1415, St Crispin's Day, is one of England’s best-known battles, in part through the brilliant depiction of it in Shakespeare's Henry V, in part because it was a brilliant and unexpected English victory and in part because it was the first battle won by the use of the longbow - a weapon developed by the English which enabled them to dominate the European battlefields for the rest of the century. Bernard Cornwell’s Azincourt is a vivid, breath taking and meticulously well-researched account of this momentous battle and its aftermath. From the varying viewpoints of nobles, peasants, archers, and horsemen, Azincourt skilfully brings to life the hours of relentless fighting, the desperation of an army crippled by disease and the exceptional bravery of the English soldiers.
©2012 Bernard Cornwell (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 09-09-15

Simply Stunning!

One of the seminal battles of British military history is the highlight of this masterpiece by Bernard Cornwell. Ignoring the cliched view that the archers won it on their own the actual battle is described in all its gory detail. The heady mix of the savagery of the times, the sheer bravery of the soldiery in the face of it and to no small extent the sheer ineptitude of command and organisation that were hallmarks of warfare at the time are all vividly described. Although there was much glory won on the field of battle it came at the end of a pretty ignominious campaign which Cornwell details in full without pulling any punches.

The joy of reading Cornwell's books is not just the grandiose set piece battles and action scenes but the way he weaves his knowledge of the minutiae of life in these far distant times into the books to educate without it ever feeling like anything but a story.

The presentation concludes with the views and thoughts of the author clarifying where and how he blurred the lines between fact and fiction as well as thoughts on further reading which many will appreciate.

Simply excellent and very well narrated.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Ms. S. J. McReynolds on 29-07-18

Goddam!

Good and historically authentic story spoiled by thin characterisation, a "bolt-on" love interest, and repetitive goddam language.

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4 out of 5 stars
By P on 06-06-14

Entertaining

I didn't think I would get into the whole 14th Century thing, but this is a great story, with good characters and fantastic narration.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alvin on 18-09-17

A darker tone from Cornwell

Another take on the English archer by Cornwell, this story is a lot grimmer and sinister than his earlier Grail Quest series. The darker tone suits the historical events covered in the novel and the narration is very good.

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