Juliet Barker covers all the events leading up to the battle, the battle itself and the aftermath so anything you want to know about Agincourt is probably included in this book. The author explains how Henry V raised the funds for his first campaign in France in great detail for anyone interested in Medieval finances. She has meticulously scoured all the financial details if that particular subject interests you. For example, the author brought to life the personal relationship between Henry V and his 1 year younger brother Thomas, Duke of Clarence. The author shows that there was clearly antipathy between these two..
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Juliet Barker covers all the events leading up to the battle, the battle itself and the aftermath so anything you want to know about Agincourt is probably included in this book. The author explains how Henry V raised the funds for his first campaign in France in great detail for anyone interested in Medieval finances.
She has meticulously scoured all the financial details if that particular subject interests you. For example, the author brought to life the personal relationship between Henry V and his 1 year younger brother Thomas, Duke of Clarence.
The author shows that there was clearly antipathy between these two.. He had an outgoing personality and seemed to be the life of the party as well as rash and reckless.
When it seemed that the King was going to lose the battle Henry V made a flank movement that destroyed Percy and his army - all at the age of Then the very busy Henry IV entrusted Prince Henry to put down the Welsh uprising even though his son was still in his teens.
Once again Prince Henry was able to put down the uprising and was very popular with his men. So as to why the Prince could never please his father is difficult to understand unless the invalid King resented and was jealous of his brilliant son. So apparently Henry V intellectual pursuits did not hinder him from being a great warrior.
But still the King remained ever critical of Henry while his son Thomas was his pet. I could almost imagine the sibling rivalry between the rough and tumble Thomas who no doubt felt he would make the better King than his more disciplined and well rounded older brother. Towards the end of King Henry IV reign his mysterious, medical malady was taking its toll on the King.
Prince Henry was the de facto king at this point and lead the government council. The Prince became the victim of spurious rumors and power struggles with his father taking him off his council and replacing him with his brother Thomas.
The French King had periodic bouts of insanity so Duke Louis ran the government while helping himself to the French treasury. The Duke of Burgundy was out of power and detested Duke Louis. The cowardly Burgundy had Louis assassinated in the streets of Paris during the dead of night and the French civil war began between the Burgundians and the Armagnac faction. Unfortunately Charles was on his own since the insane king was not able to bring Burgundy to justice.
As a side note; when the English Army had besieged the town of Orleans and were well on their way to conquering France, it seemed likely the Duke of Orleans would lose everything to Burgundy and England, with all hope lost. Orleans would be saved while Duke Charles was still a prisoner of war in England as he had been for 25 years after being captured at the Battle of Agincourt.
Prince Henry wanted to weaken France by siding with Burgundy; which would make his goal of recovering his stolen lands in France one step closer.
The indulgent KIng sent Thomas to France to help the Armagnac cause while Prince Henry was kicked off the council and was once again in disfavor with his father. Any plans that Thomas had of taking the crown from his brother were forever dashed and he was given little voice in the new government.
Another hint that Henry V detested his brother Thomas became clearer after the King made his will upon embarking for war with France. No mention of Thomas, Duke of Clarence. Most English kings had outsourced this task to several different and high ranking nobleman but King Henry did everything himself, and did an excellent job to boot.
Henry V was a very complex man with many abilities and skills. Not only was he a ruthless warrior, he was also a pious Christian and an extremely intelligent man. Henry V would give all the glory to God. In this book Juliet Barker follows King Henry from the beginning to the end with his famous victory at Agincourt.
Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle that Made England
But familiarity on this epic, iconic scale has unpredictable effects. The wider historical significance of the battle - the underlying reason for writing the book, one might think - is dispatched in little more than one page towards the end. Even the immediate aftermath of the campaign is largely taken for granted. There are knights fighting by torchlight in narrow underground tunnels, when English mines beneath the walls of Harfleur meet French counter-mines and battle is joined in single combat. Villagers take refuge from the depredations of the English in the subterranean city of Naours, a complex of galleries and chambers carved out of seams of chalk that provide shelter for 2, people and their livestock. And an eerie silence descends on the shattered town of Harfleur when a four-day truce immobilises both its defenders and the army camped outside its walls.