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 nice English hero. Lionised in his personal lifetime for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous software of justice, he was once increased by means of Shakespeare right into a champion of English nationalism. yet does he fairly should be considered 'the maximum guy who ever governed England'?
In Ian Mortimer's groundbreaking ebook, he portrays Henry within the pivotal 12 months of his reign; recording the dramatic occasion of 1415, he deals the fullest, such a lot exact and least romanticised view now we have 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 mostly overlooked. on the centre of the publication is the crusade which culminated within the conflict of Agincourt: a slaughter flooring designed to not increase England's curiosity at once yet to illustrate God's approval of Henry's royal authority on each side of the channel.
1415 was once a yr of spiritual persecution, own pain and one horrendous conflict. this can be the tale of that yr, as visible over the shoulder of its such a lot cold-hearted, so much bold and so much celebrated hero.
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His brains spilled out on to the ground. Seeing this, a large man wearing a red hood stepped out from the shadows of the house opposite. ‘Put out the lights,’ he ordered, looking down. ‘He’s dead. Let’s go. ’ The men immediately followed him around the corner into the rue des Blancs-Manteaux. When they had gone Jacquette noticed another man on the ground beside the dead lord, one of the man’s valets. He too had been attacked. Dying, he crawled to his master’s corpse. ’ he called out before he too succumbed to his wounds.
Effigy of Thomas Fitzalan, earl of Arundel, and his wife, Beatrice, in Arundel Castle Chapel, English School, fourteenth century (His Grace The Duke of Norfolk, Arundel Castle/Bridgeman Art Library). 11. Effigy of Richard Beauchamp, earl of Warwick, in St Mary’s Church, Warwick (author’s collection). 12. Manuscript illumination of London, from ‘A volume of Poems of Charles d’Orléans and other works’ (British Library, Royal MS 16 F ii fol. ). 13. Westminster Hall (Robert Harding Picture Library Ltd/Alamy).
He was a hero in his own lifetime. Following his early death in France in 1422, he was given a semi-legendary status. In the 1590s he was already established as an English national icon; Shakespeare simply took that icon and gave it an enduring value, even to less warlike generations, by putting his most patriotic speeches into Henry’s mouth. Shakespeare also gave Henry a more rounded, likeable personality: he gave him a cheeriness that the real Henry never had. When presented with the good looks and dramatic flair of Lawrence Olivier, in his film of Shakespeare’s Henry V, delivered in an appropriately patriotic style for English and American audiences during the Second World War, Henry became the archetypal English champion.
1415 : Henry V’s year of glory by Ian Mortimer