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Agincourt 1415 (Paperback)

Field of Blood

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By Barry Renfrew
Greenhill Books
Pages: 201
ISBN: 9781784382124
Published: 26th April 2017


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On 25 October 1415, a trapped and vastly-outnumbered force of exhausted and demoralised English archers and men-at-arms faced a colossal army of French knights on a desolate field in northern France. What took place that day became one of the greatest moments of the Hundred Years’ War and English history.

Based on chronicles of the times, Agincourt 1415: Field of Blood is a dramatic, minute-by-minute retelling of the battle as seen through the eyes of the commanders and soldiers on both sides.

This is a brutal, bloody and captivating retelling of a major British victory written by a Pulitzer Price finalist This work sets a new standard for historical fiction.

This book was amazing! I really liked the many different viewpoints given. Since this book is told from the perspective of the battle commanders, these pages will transport you back to the battle. It also will give you the feeling that you might have experienced this turbulent field yourself. As the battle rages, you are going to be given the perspective of each move, each thought, each maneuver as they were called out, felt, and dealt with by the commander.

I honestly got lost in this book, it was so easy to read and enjoyable. It is a bit gory in parts, so if you are squeamish, that is my warning to you. Otherwise, the book is filled with action! Get ready to experience Agincourt like never before!

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A Tale of Two Pages

Well, first off – as I said above, if you enjoy historical fiction, then you will enjoy this book. The characters of Thomas and Sir John really bring the history to life and allow you to enjoy the history in a way that will resonate with more readers. It was broken down into easy to read sections, and there was no place in the book that I ever felt lost. The way this history flowed off the page, made me feel as though I was there, guiding and delighting readers with each page. The writer was able to tackle this book with confidence, which was refreshing! I didn’t feel as though he was fumbling with the information.

Grab this book, and enjoy a delightful read! Medieval history has never read so well!

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A Tale of Two Pages

This book, provides a succinct yet spellbinding overview of this famous battle.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

Barry Renfrew has been able to describe the battle in perfect manner and this book may therefore be considered as a part of the ‘standard works’. This books stands out from many other (military) history books, because of the superb way it is written.

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Historic Battlefield Tours

5* - It's no wonder to me, after reading this book, why Shakespeare wrote about and probably admired Henry V in full. I am in complete admiration of Mr Renfrew's, what seems like tireless research, into the writing of this book. I was enthralled, first at the dialogue between soldiers, lords, Henry V, dukes and advisors, and second, stunned by the elaborate descriptive in this book. Mr. Renfrew puts the reader right there, in the heat of the battle. It must have been absolutely horrifying to have been present, not to mention the horror of having to have had to fight. Thousands of French to hundreds of English...with an amazing outcome, placed word by word, hour by hour, sometimes minute to minute..so descriptively by Mr. Renfrew. This is a stunning work of non fiction. Thank you to Pen and Sword publishing and to Alex Firth for the perusal. This is a book I will think about for a long time...out of 5 stars I give it a 10!!!

GoodReads, Ellie Potts Barrett

This account, of which there have been many, is based on chronicles of the time, and is dramatic version of the battle as seen through the eyes of the commanders and soldiers on both sides. The author takes us on the route of the ragged army from Harfleur on the 8 October, Arques 11 October, Eu 12 October, Blanchetaque 13 October, Boves 16 October, Caix 17 October, Bethencourt 19 October, Athies 20 October, Peronne 21 October, Doullens 23 October, Blangy 24 October and then on the 25 October Agincourt.

Duncan Harrington, History Research

This is a brutal, bloody and captivating retelling of a major British victory written by a Pulitzer Price finalist This work sets a new standard for historical fiction.

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Books Monthly

Amongst a handful of battles that mark the rise of England into Britain and on to found the British Empire, Agincour stands out was a battle where a tired ragged army, significantly smaller than the fresh French Army, turned and fought and won magnificently. – Highly Recommended.

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'This is a superb and vividly different take on one of the most famous battles in history, and it had me hooked from the start. I feel I know the people who made their mark at Agincourt those six hundred years ago, and I went through their agonies and their glories with them. It is a cracking good read whether you are historically minded or not, and I will watch out for more of Renfrew's work.'

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About Barry Renfrew

A foreign correspondent, Barry Renfrew has covered wars in Afghanistan, Africa and the former Soviet Union during 30 years of reporting on political upheaval across the globe. On two occasions he was caught in bombing raids. His reporting won a number of major journalism awards, including The Associated Press Top Reporting Award; he was twice a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. In addition to extensive experience as a war and defence correspondent, Renfrew has a life-long interest in British colonial military history. Previous publications include: Forgotten Regiments and Wings of Empire.

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