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Henry V (ePub)

A History of His Most Important Places and Events

Military > Pre-WWI > Agincourt P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 15th Century P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History P&S History > Royal History P&S History > Social History

By Deborah Fisher
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 16.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 20 Mono
ISBN: 9781399070478
Published: 11th November 2022

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There are many books about King Henry V, several of which concentrate entirely on his victory at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. This one looks at his life from a different point of view, concentrating on places that were important in his life and can still be visited by those interested in getting a better feel for the man and understanding how his character was shaped by his environment.

Henry spent much of his youth on military campaigns in Ireland, Wales and the Marches. As Prince of Wales, he became battle-hardened as a teenager when he received a near-fatal wound at Shrewsbury. Despite a fraught relationship with his father, he quickly reinvented himself as a model king, and set his eyes firmly on the crown of France. Thereafter, much of his nine-year reign was spent on military campaigns beyond the British Isles.

The book takes its reader on a journey from the rural areas around Monmouth, where he was born, to Harlech Castle, where he put an end to Owain Glyndwr's rebellion, and from his coronation at Westminster Abbey to his private retreat at Kenilworth. We see him seize Harfleur and take the long road to Calais, culminating in the Battle of Agincourt, one of the most spectacular victories ever won by an English army. We follow his continued campaigns in France, through his marriage to Catherine of Valois at Troyes, to his eventual, tragically premature, death at Vincennes.

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Hadley Hall Meares, Vanity Fair

This was an excellent guidebook or even a travelogue for Henry's reign. You'll find lots of key places and snippets of history of castles, churches and other buildings here and advice about how to follow in that footsteps of a Medieval King.

NetGalley, Joanna Arman

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful cover. I absolutely really enjoyed this book. It was a great take on Henry V life from infancy and up. If you are a Tudor fan like myself then I highly recommend.

NetGalley, Heather Michael

The author Deborah Fisher has done a really good job with this book, and the up-to-date locations idea brings this book more of a modern feel to it. I would highly recommend this book.

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The History Fella

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I thought that this was a very interesting and informative read. It's very straightforward and easy to follow. It covers Henry V's life from birth until death although the majority of the book focuses on his battles in France. What makes this book different from other biographies is that it not only follows Henry V's footsteps, but also provides information on the present day locations of Henry V's memorable moments. I personally think it was a great idea to bring the past and present together. It helps develop a greater understanding of what happened and why. I also appreciated the appendix on and pictures of important locations in Henry V's life. Anyone interested in British, French, European, or even military history should consider reading this book at least once. It's very straightforward and easy to follow.

NetGalley, Kendra Carter

This intriguing book brings King Henry V to life and enables readers to follow in his footsteps from Monmouth to Vincennes. You get a real sense of the man - his path to kingship, ambition, religion and ruthlessness. Deborah Fisher also gets rid of a few myths, such as that Henry won back France because of the Battle of Agincourt when it was really part of the war, although a great victory. His courting of Catherine also didn't occur straight after Agincourt.

The author describes all of the places associated with Henry vividly, and relates which medieval buildings and streets are still visible. She also provides a list of all the places at the end, and how to reach them by car and public transport.

NetGalley, Lisa Sanderson

An interesting introduction to King Henry V of England and the world he lived in, this book does an overall good job of summarizing Henry’s life events and where they took place. Careful attention is paid to locations Henry stayed, if they can be identified, and if the reader can see them today, along how what we see today compares with what Henry would have known... Definitely a book that will interest the reader into exploring more books on Henry V and his world, and if possible going to some of the locations mentioned in the book.

NetGalley, Anne Morgan

This is a very interesting history book, in that it's a biography through places. It examines some of the most important places of Henry V's life and reign, and looks at the events that happened there. Unlike many other biographies, this one focuses on the places that still exist today, and what you can learn by visiting them yourself. The book wants you to draw your own conclusions; an open-ended history essentially, as every person will come away with different viewpoints and ideas. I think this was a refreshing look at Henry V, and I'll definitely be recommending it to people. It could even work as a travel guide if you so wished.

NetGalley, Spencer Wright

About Deborah Fisher

Deborah Fisher is a retired librarian and IT practitioner who now lives in the Vale of Glamorgan and concentrates on historical and literary research. Her past publications include Who’s Who in Welsh History (1997), Princesses of Wales (2005), Princes of Wales (2006), Royal Wales (2010) and Siegfried Sassoon at the Grave of Henry Vaughan (2015). She is the Chair of the Barbara Pym Society, based at St Hilda's College, Oxford, where Deborah and Barbara Pym both studied.

Henry V marries Catherine of Valois

2nd June 1420

Henry V of England (33) marries Catherine of Valois (18), youngest daughter of King Charles VI of France at Troyes Cathedral


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