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A famous victory,
This review is from: Azincourt (Paperback)
I found the start of this fine novel to be crudely violent, but it is set in a violent age. It is also one dominated by the worldview of the Roman catholic Church whose priests are seen an both their best and worst here. Henry's great conviction is that God wants him to be king of France. This conviction spurs him on to victory against all the odds and the expectation of his depleted little army. Could God be on England's side when the French believed him to be on their?. This question is addressed and given a theological answer but here Cornwell does but some 21st century new age pantheistic words into the mouth of a 15th century priest. It is also evident that the author is now without sympathy for the martyred Lollards.
The book goes from the England of a common archer, Hook. who being outlawed by kis lord, joins the army in France, besieges Harfleur and participates in Agincourt's great victory. The battle is well related in all its gore but the real strength of the book is that it educates the reader on all aspects of the longbow, England's great instrument of victory. Here you will learn all thins long bow. A great read....unless you are French.