March 7, 2017

1415 : Henry V’s year of glory by Ian Mortimer

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 advisor to Medieval England.
Henry V is considered the good English hero. Lionised in his personal lifetime for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous software of justice, he was once increased through Shakespeare right into a champion of English nationalism. yet does he particularly should be regarded as 'the maximum guy who ever governed England'?

In Ian Mortimer's groundbreaking e-book, he portrays Henry within the pivotal yr of his reign; recording the dramatic occasion of 1415, he bargains the fullest, such a lot certain 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 army historians have mostly neglected. on the centre of the ebook is the crusade which culminated within the conflict of Agincourt: a slaughter flooring designed to not increase England's curiosity without delay yet to illustrate God's approval of Henry's royal authority on either side of the channel.

1415 used to be a 12 months of non secular persecution, own anguish and one horrendous conflict. this is often the tale of that yr, as obvious over the shoulder of its so much cold-hearted, such a lot formidable and so much celebrated hero.

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1415 : Henry V’s year of glory

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 software of justice, he used to be increased through 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 publication, he portrays Henry within the pivotal yr of his reign; recording the dramatic occasion of 1415, he bargains the fullest, such a lot specified and least romanticised view we've got 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 missed. on the centre of the ebook is the crusade which culminated within the conflict of Agincourt: a slaughter floor designed to not strengthen England's curiosity at once yet to illustrate God's approval of Henry's royal authority on either side of the channel.

1415 was once a yr of spiritual persecution, own pain and one horrendous conflict. this is often the tale of that 12 months, as noticeable over the shoulder of its so much cold-hearted, such a lot bold and such a lot celebrated hero.

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At the centre of the book is the campaign which culminated in the battle of Agincourt: a slaughter ground designed not to advance England’s interest directly but to demonstrate God’s approval of Henry’s royal authority on both sides of the channel. About the Author Ian Mortimer has BA and PhD degrees in history from Exeter University and an MA in archive studies from University College London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998, and was awarded the Alexander Prize (2004) by the Royal Historical Society for his work on the social history of medicine.

In the meantime the earl of Arundel was demonstrating that English archers could still determine the outcome of battles on French soil, just as they had done in the reign of Edward III. 16 In early 1412 both Armagnacs and Burgundians again sent ambassadors to secure the support of Henry IV, now wholly in charge of the government. John the Fearless’s ambassadors received their safe conducts on 11 January and arrived in England on 1 February. The Armagnac ambassadors were not far behind them, receiving their safe conducts on 6 February.

He had been the greatest tournament fighter the English royal family had ever produced; he had fought a crusade with the Teutonic Knights in Lithuania; he had been on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem; he had three times led an army to victory in battle and had taken control of England when Richard II was threatening to become a tyrant. And yet even he had found it impossible to control the kingdom. He had suffered vicious political attacks in almost every parliament he had held. He had survived at least three assassination attempts, three armed insurrections, three other seditious plots, a decade of Welsh revolt, and continual piratical attacks by the French.

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