Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell
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Agincourt is classic Cornwell…[with] attention to historical detail, well-paced action, and descriptive writing that is a pleasure to read.”
 —Boston Globe


Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times bestselling “reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today), tackles his most thrilling, rich, and enthralling subject yet—the heroic tale of Agincourt. The epic battle immortalized by William Shakespeare in his classic Henry V is the background for this breathtaking tale of heroism, love, devotion, and duty from the legendary author of the Richard Sharpe novels and the Saxon Tales. This extraordinary adventure will captivate from page one, proving once again and most powerfully, as author Lee Child attests, that “nobody in the world does this stuff better than Cornwell.”


About Bernard Cornwell

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Bernard Cornwell, “the reigning king of historical fiction” (USA Today), is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Agincourt; the bestselling Saxon Tales, which include The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, and, most recently, The Burning Land; and the Richard Sharpe novels, among many others. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod.
Published January 9, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 467 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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An archer on the lam from a bum rap in his county ships out with Henry V to test his shooting and slashing skills at one of the bloodiest but most glorious battles in history.

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Publishers Weekly

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A literary veteran of the Napoleonic Wars and the U.S. Civil War, Cornwell returns to the Hundred Years War era in this action-packed if slightly melodramatic epic about King Henry V and the Battle

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When I read Agincourt, I believed I was on the battlefield sickened by the bloodbath that took place during the brutal battle between the ill-matched armies of the English and the French.

Jan 30 2009 | Read Full Review of Agincourt: A Novel

Book Reporter

You have one superb weapon --- the English longbow --- but not much in the way of arrows.

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The Washington Post

The tiny English force overcomes a French army four times larger -- in the process echoing Shakespeare's famous speech from "Henry V," though such stirring words are never spoken on Cornwell's bloody ground.

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Gather Books

As an archer myself, Cornwell's description of the action of just pulling bank and holding one of these legendary weapons, actually gave me the sensation in my arm and shoulder from the tension on getting all the power from the weapon before releasing the arrow.

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Historical Novel Society

Under Sir John’s instruction, Hook accompanies Henry’s army back into France with the plan to use Henry’s birthright to seize the throne.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Hook is not looking for a girlfriend, but he discovers that Melisande, the illegitimate daughter of a French nobleman, is a brave and loyal companion.

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California Literary Review

Its presence in the novel doesn’t make any link between Agincourt and the far right, but rather demonstrates even further that there is no straightforward way to relate this legend, that author and readers are already soaked in the story it purports to “tell.” Agincourt is yet another cracking re...

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