In this landmark study of Agincourt, prize-winning author Juliet Barker draws upon a huge range of sources, published and unpublished, English and French, to give a compelling account of a battle upon which so many legends have been built. But she also looks behind the action on the field to paint a portrait of the age. A mad king, murderous dukes, scheming bishops, knightly heroes, surgeons, heralds, spies, and pirates: the story of Agincourt has them all.More
"[A] wonderfully vivid, clear and involving book that is destined to become a classic account." (The Economist)
"A lively, stimulating account of this bloody day of battle. It is full of both serious research and entertaining gems. Barker makes the politics of the Hundred Years' War lucidly comprehensible." (The Times)
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Minor reservations, but a big Yes
It's a great audiobook. The author's enthusiasm and knowledge swept me up and carried me along, and I loved the whole experience.
It's a factual book; there are no "characters". But I recognised Juliet Barker's knowledge and appreciation of Henry V.
His voice enlivens the text and makes it easy to listen to, but his pronunciation of certain words (English as well as French) is somewhat surprising. Luckily, it's also amusing.
No, there was beauty in it from beginning to end.
I can't understand why nobody ran the reader's version of French names past a native (or educated) French speaker. It wouldn't have taken long; I'd have done it for free.