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      An extraordinary and dramatic depiction of the legendary battle of Agincourt from the number one historical novelist.
      Azincourt, fought on October 25th 1415, St Crispin's Day, is one of England�s best-known battles, in part through the brilliant depiction of it in Shakespeare's Henry V, in part because it was a brilliant and unexpected English victory and in part because it was the first battle won by the use of the longbow - a weapon developed by the English which enabled them to dominate the European battlefields for the rest of the century.
      Bernard Cornwell�s Azincourt is a vivid, breathtaking and meticulously well-researched account of this momentous battle and its aftermath. From the varying viewpoints of nobles, peasants, archers, and horsemen, Azincourt skilfully brings to life the hours of relentless fighting, the desperation of an army crippled by disease and the exceptional bravery of the English soldiers.
      Rated 4 out of 5 by 1 reviewer.
      Rated 4 out of 5 Interesting and informative From the author of the Sharpe series comes a one-off story of the Battle of Agincourt (Azincourt is the French name) from the point of view of a commoner: a longbowman called Nick Hook. Starting in England, the story covers the build up to the battle, including the earlier battles and sieges. Also of interest, at the end of the story are a couple of sections where the author gives background information that expands and explains several things: for example a longbow had a much greater rate of fire and longer range that a musket, which had better armour penetration, but that it takes about 10 years to train a longbowman or 2 weeks to train a musketeer, so it was the musket which eventually won out. 28 August 2012
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