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 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 by means of Shakespeare right into a champion of English nationalism. yet does he quite need to be regarded as 'the maximum guy who ever governed England'?
In Ian Mortimer's groundbreaking e-book, he portrays Henry within the pivotal 12 months of his reign; recording the dramatic occasion of 1415, he bargains the fullest, so much specified and least romanticised view we've 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 principally 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 without delay 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 yr, as visible over the shoulder of its so much cold-hearted, so much formidable and so much celebrated hero.
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7 He was conscious of his appearance. 8 Unlike most of his royal predecessors he was clean-shaven, like a priest. In this he took after the king whom his father had deposed – Richard II – who had knighted him at the age of thirteen. He wore several rings, and a Lancastrian livery collar over his shoulders, and a golden crown. His clothing was, of course, every bit as splendid as you would expect: kings had to dress the part in rich velvet cloth and ermine-trimmed robes. Whether wearing a high-collared, loose-sleeved long gown, or a gold-embroidered hanseline (very short tunic), his clothes were elegant and rich.
Jean Petit, Jehanne de Lesparre) with the exception of the one reference to Joan of Arc, whose name is well known in the English-speaking world. g. Duarte of Portugal, João of Portugal, Juan of Castile, Pedro de Luna, Giovanni Dominici – where possible. g. Lord John of Chlum, Wenceslas of Dubá and Peter of Mladoňovice. With regard to currencies, readers might like to bear in mind that the pound sterling (£) was just one of two units of account in England. The other was the mark, which was the equivalent of two-thirds of a pound, or 13 shillings and 4 pence (13s 4d).
However, in this study, which has no structure except the days of the year, everything relating to the king and his challenges is relevant. To exclude or change the position of anything would partially distort the picture of Henry V in 1415. Moreover, it is only by including everything that we can start to go beyond the evidence and to remark on aspects of normal medieval behaviour that do not feature in Henry’s life – his lack of relationships with women, for example, or the lack of references to jousting.