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 nice English hero. Lionised in his personal lifetime for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous program of justice, he used to be increased by means of Shakespeare right into a champion of English nationalism. yet does he particularly should be considered 'the maximum guy who ever governed England'?
In Ian Mortimer's groundbreaking ebook, he portrays Henry within the pivotal yr of his reign; recording the dramatic occasion of 1415, he bargains the fullest, such a lot unique and least romanticised view now we have 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 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 non secular persecution, own soreness and one horrendous conflict. this can be the tale of that 12 months, as noticeable over the shoulder of its such a lot cold-hearted, such a lot formidable and such a lot celebrated hero.
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Henry was a sophisticated, educated man. He had had only a limited opportunity to benefit from his highly educated mother, Mary Bohun, who had died when he was not quite eight. 20 He also learnt music, just as his father and mother had done, playing the harp and singing. From the age of seven or eight he had a military tutor, and learnt to emulate his progenitors in jousting, horsemanship and wielding a sword. He was keen to use English as well as French in daily conversation, writing letters in English and commissioning translations of French and Latin books.
Christmas Day 1414 IT WAS THE second Christmas since his father’s death. Henry V, wearing his full royal robes and his golden crown, was seated on a marble chair beneath a tall silk canopy. 1 Servants bustled around in their short tunics and coloured hose, serving the hundreds of knights and gentlemen seated on benches at the lower tables. The previous evening they had decked the hall with evergreens: ivy around the doors, and holly within, and they had prepared thousands of candles to burn through Christmas morning.
In trying to reconcile these problems of information, chronology and readability I have tended towards fullness and precision. I have included almost everything I can find relating to the king’s decision-making, even such routine things as the confirmation of episcopal elections, warrants for arrest, commissions of inquiry, and the granting of royal pensions. In most cases these have been included under the heading of the day specified in the document. I have not included everything known for the year, however; I have excluded regular appointments and payments that were routinely made by the bureaucrats at Westminster (unless the nature of the grant suggests that Henry was personally involved).
1415 : Henry V’s year of glory by Ian Mortimer