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Great Battles: Agincourt Paperback – 6 Nov 2003

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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (6 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842127187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842127186
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 949,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Hibbert wrote more than fifty acclaimed books, including The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici and Rome: The Biography of a City. A leading popular historian whose works reflect meticulous scholarship, he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He died in December 2008.

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Christopher Hibbert was educated at Radley and Oxford. He served as an infantry officer during the war, was twice wounded and was awarded the Military Cross in 1945. Described by Professor J.H. Plumb as 'a writer of the highest ability', he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Hon. D. Litt of Leicester University.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
In "Agincourt" Christopher Hibbert gives the reader a view of the battle of Agincourt, along with the preparations and the other portions of the campaign to reclaim King Henry's French inheritance. Although mostly focusing on the English, it does give some introduction to the French forces. When I read that many of the French troops were from Normandy I wondered how many of my ancestors were fighting on that field.
I found this book to give an informative insight into the dynastic quarrels of the 15th century, the challenges of military recruitment, the methods and weapons of combat and the characters involved in this battle. The comparison and contrast between history and Shakespeare's Henry V is interesting. Hibbert's assessment of Henry's character adds depth to the book.
This book is not a comprehensive history of the era by any means, but id does provide a map shot into one moment of it. All in all this merits a high recommendation as an introduction to this historic battle and a mild introduction for the reader with broader interests in the Middle Ages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Hopper TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2006
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A brisk and fascinating account of Henry V's invasion of France, the seige of Harfleur, the run up to the famous battle, the battle itself and the aftermath. A whetter of the appetite for more weighty works such as Juliet Barker's.

I did spot one mistake in the family tree at the end, where a wrong line connects Lionel Duke of Clarence to the Earl of March rather than to Lionel's daughter Philippa - this is an unfortunate mistake in the light of the competing claims in the Wars of the Roses.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct. 1999
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With the usual polished rich style, Christopher Hibbert succeeds in showing what really happened before, during and after the Battle of Agincourt. He tells the story of the painful march across the Somme by the English host with real pathos and underlines with ability the courage and stamina of those men during the campaign. The story is well supported by three useful maps (of France, of Normandy and Picardy, of the battlefield) and enriched with many pictures, among which an interesting portrait of Henry V. Finally, Christopher Hibbert turns upside down some commonplace ideas derived from Shakespeare: the French are not a bunch of haughty fools but brave and valiant men, even if they fight in an obsolete way; and Henry V, though a great leader and courageous soldier, is a bigoted unfeeling king. Maybe, thanks to this book, the "star of England" has lost part of his light, but truth has made another small step in the minds of people.
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