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Top rate historical action,
This review is from: Azincourt (Hardcover)
AZINCOURT - Bernard Cornwell 2008
Firstly, I have always liked Mr Cornwell's stories and writing style and have faithfully collected each of his new books as published after receiving Sharpe's Gold as a gift in 1981. I really enjoyed this book, my long awaited copy arrived in 2008 whilst I was in hospital and as I was unable to read for several months, a situation far worse than my actual malady, got into my study and was overlooked until just recently.
I had thoroughly enjoyed the GRAIL QUEST trilogy, HARLEQUIN, VAGABOND and HERETIC, also set during the Hundred Years War but some 75 years earlier and Azincourt is very obviously intended to finish off the story that was started in the earlier novels. Thankfully, Mr Cornwell resisted the temptation to make his hero the son or grandson of Thomas of Hookton, although the characters have many similarities even down to the name Nicholas Hook.
A précis of the tale has been the subject of many other reviews and so I will not repeat it here, except to say that as usual Cornwell's novel is full of action and does not pull punches when describing the cruelty and carnage of medieval warfare or the duplicity and naked political greed of the Christian church at that time. As usual Mr Cornwell's research gives the story a believable grounding in historical fact and he acknowledges that much of this taken from Juliet Barker's excellent book, AGINCOURT, THE KING, THE CAMPAIGN, THE BATTLE pub.2005 probably the best and most readable academic work on the subject for some years.
Another top rate novel from Bernard Cornwell, packed with action, believable characters and historic personalities and a good story line woven around historical events.