By Bernard Cornwell

"The maximum author of ancient adventures today" (Washington submit) tackles his richest, such a lot exciting topic yet--the heroic story of Agincourt.

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged via a cursed past--haunted via what he has didn't do and banished for what he has performed. A sought after guy in England, he's pushed to struggle as a mercenary archer in France, the place he reveals issues he can love: his instincts as a battling guy, and a woman in hassle. jointly they continue to exist the infamous bloodbath at Soissons, an occasion that shocks all Christendom. without thoughts left, Hook heads domestic to England, the place his seize capacity sure loss of life. in its place he's came across through the younger King of England--Henry V himself--and by means of royal command he's taking up the longbow back and dons the pass of Saint George. Hook returns to France as a part of the wonderful military Henry leads in his quest to assert the French crown. yet after the English crusade suffers devastating early losses, it turns into transparent that Hook and his fellow archers are their king's final inn in a determined struggle opposed to an enemy extra daunting than they can ever have imagined.

One of the main dramatic victories in British heritage, the conflict of Agincourt--immortalized via Shakespeare in Henry V--pitted undermanned and beaten English forces opposed to a French military made up our minds to maintain their crown out of Henry's arms. right here Bernard Cornwell resurrects the legend of the conflict and the "band of brothers" who fought it on October 25, 1415. An epic of redemption, Agincourt follows a commoner, a king, and a nation's complete military on an unbelievable challenge to check the desire of God and reclaim what's rightfully theirs. From the mess ups on the siege of Harfleur to the horrors of the sphere of Agincourt, this exhilarating tale of survival and slaughter is without delay a super paintings of heritage and a triumph of imagination—Bernard Cornwell at his most sensible.

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One part of every head was once a heavy hammer, weighted with lead, that may be used to overwhelm plate armour or, a minimum of, knock an armoured guy off stability. The opposing facet was once an awl that, within the arms of an archer, may well break up a helmet as if it have been made up of parchment, whereas the pinnacle of the awl was once a spike skinny adequate to pierce the slits of a knight's visor. the higher shaft of every awl was once sheathed in iron so an opponent couldn't minimize throughout the deal with. "Beautiful" Sir John acknowledged whilst the 1st guns have been introduced. He stroked the iron-clad deal with as if it have been a woman's flank. "Just attractive" through overdue spring the scoop got here that God had performed His accountability through persuading the king to make an invasion of France and so Sir John's corporation marched south on roads covered with the white blossom of hawthorn hedges. Sir John was once pleased, lively by way of the chance of battle. He rode forward, through his pages, his squire, and a standard-bearer who carried the flag of the topped pink lion with its golden celebrity. 3 carts bore provisions, brief lances, armour, spare bowstaves, and sheaves of arrows. the line south led via woods that have been thickly hazed with bluebells and earlier fields the place the year's first hay had already been minimize and used to be laid to dry in lengthy rows. Newly shorn sheep regarded bare and skinny within the meadows. extra bands of guys joined the line, all horsemen, all in unusual livery, and all going towards the south coast the place the king had summoned the boys who had signed his jaggedly minimize contracts. lots of the horsemen, Hook famous, have been archers, outnumbering the men-at-arms by means of 3 to 1. The lengthy bows have been kept in leather-based situations that have been slung over their vendors' shoulders. Hook was once chuffed. Sir John's males have been his partners now. Peter Goddington, the centenar, was once a good guy, difficult with laggards, yet hot in his approval of the boys who shared his dream of making the easiest corporation of archers in England. Thomas Evelgold was once subsequent in command and he, like Goddington, was once an older guy, virtually thirty. He used to be a morose guy, slower pondering than the centenar, yet he used to be grudgingly useful to the more youthful archers between whom Hook came across his specific acquaintances. there have been the twins, Thomas and Matthew Scarlet, either a 12 months more youthful than Hook, and may of the Dale who may well lessen the corporate to helpless laughter together with his imitations of Sir John. The 4 drank jointly, ate jointly, laughed jointly, and competed opposed to one another, even though it used to be known between all of the archers that none may perhaps outshoot Nicholas Hook. that they had practised with guns all wintry weather and now France was once forward and God was once on their part. Father Christopher had guaranteed them of that during a sermon preached the day prior to they rode. "Our lord the king's quarrel with the French is just," Father Christopher had acknowledged with strange seriousness, "and our God won't abandon him. We visit correct a improper, and the forces of heaven will march with us! " Hook didn't comprehend the quarrel other than that someplace within the king's ancestry was once a wedding that led Henry to the French throne, and maybe he was once the rightful king and maybe he was once no longer, yet Hook didn't care.

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