Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell

By Bernard Cornwell

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

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by means of 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 unearths issues he can love: his instincts as a struggling with guy, and a lady in hassle. jointly they continue to exist the infamous bloodbath at Soissons, an occasion that shocks all Christendom. without recommendations left, Hook heads domestic to England, the place his seize potential convinced loss of life. in its place he's found by way of the younger King of England--Henry V himself--and by way of royal command he's taking up the longbow back and dons the move of Saint George. Hook returns to France as a part of the wonderful military Henry leads in his quest to say 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 hotel in a determined struggle opposed to an enemy extra daunting than they can ever have imagined.

One of the main dramatic victories in British historical past, the conflict of Agincourt--immortalized through 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 fingers. the following 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 implausible undertaking to check the desire of God and reclaim what's rightfully theirs. From the failures on the siege of Harfleur to the horrors of the sphere of Agincourt, this exhilarating tale of survival and slaughter is right away an excellent paintings of background and a triumph of imagination—Bernard Cornwell at his most sensible.

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8 Soon the rest of Arcadia came under Spartan control. lO Each extension of the Spartan alliance meant that one more state had agreed to a treaty that turned control of its foreign policy over to Sparta. This was obviously agreeable to Sparta, but why were their allies willing to enter upon such agreements? The Tegean experience, of course, offers one explanation. Beaten in the field, the Tegeans must have been glad to accept comparatively generous terms, for they retained their land, their freedom, and some degree of autonomy.

Graec. 5. See also Quaest. Rom. 52. Eduard Meyer (GdA 2. 766) places the treaty in the sixth century. but Hiller von Gaertringen (IG, II, 3) puts it in 468, after the great Arcadian uprising. He is followed by Busolt and Swoboda (GS, 1320, n. 3). L. I. Highby (The Erythrae Decree, Klio, Beiheft, XXXVI [1936], 72-73) argues persuasively for a sixth-century date, which I accept. 8 Xen. Hell. 20; Busolt and Swoboda, GS, 1320 and 1325. 9 Busolt and Swoboda, GS, 1320; Herodotus (1. 68) tells us that by the time of the Tegean defeat the Spartans controlled the greater part of the Peloponnese.

45 Such independence, however, was always temporary and sometimes costly. The third category consists of states so remote or so powerful that their independence was rarely tampered with and whose conduct of foreign policy was rarely subordinated to Spartan interests. Only 41 Xen. Hell. 5. 2. 11-23. 42 Xen. Hell. 5. 4. 59-60. 43 See Thuc. 5. 31, where Elis attacks Lepreum; 4. 134, where Mantinea attacks Tegea; 5. 29. 1, where the Mantineans subdue part of Arcadia; and 1. 104, where Megara fights Corinth.

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