By Ian Mortimer
An epic account of King Henry V and the mythical conflict of Agincourt, from the writer of the bestselling Time Traveller's advisor to Medieval England.
Henry V is thought of as the good English hero. Lionised in his personal lifetime for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous program of justice, he was once increased through Shakespeare right into a champion of English nationalism. yet does he particularly should be considered 'the maximum guy who ever governed England'?
In Ian Mortimer's groundbreaking publication, he portrays Henry within the pivotal yr of his reign; recording the dramatic occasion of 1415, he bargains the fullest, such a lot specified and least romanticised view we now have of Henry and of what he did. the result's not just a desirable reappraisal of Henry; it brings to the fore many unpalatable truths which biographies and army historians have mostly missed. on the centre of the e-book is the crusade which culminated within the conflict of Agincourt: a slaughter floor designed to not boost England's curiosity without delay yet to illustrate God's approval of Henry's royal authority on either side of the channel.
1415 was once a yr of non secular persecution, own affliction and one horrendous conflict. this can be the tale of that 12 months, as visible over the shoulder of its so much cold-hearted, such a lot formidable and such a lot celebrated hero.
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19. Portrait of John the Fearless, French School, fifteenth century (The London Art Archive/Alamy; original in the Louvre, département des Peintures, MI 831). Effigy of Charles VI of France in St Denis, Paris (author’s collection). 21. The keep of the Château de Vincennes, near Paris (author’s collection). 22. 1v). 23. Portchester Castle, Hampshire (author’s collection). 24. JPG). 25. jpg). 26. Memorial brass of Lord and Lady Camoys, Trotton Church, Sussex (courtesy of H. Martin Stuchfield). 27.
Everyone in that hall knew what Henry IV had achieved. He had been the greatest tournament fighter the English royal family had ever produced; he had fought a crusade with the Teutonic Knights in Lithuania; he had been on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem; he had three times led an army to victory in battle and had taken control of England when Richard II was threatening to become a tyrant. And yet even he had found it impossible to control the kingdom. He had suffered vicious political attacks in almost every parliament he had held.
In many respects he was king in name alone. Since the end of 1409 real power had lain with his eldest son, Prince Henry, and the royal council. Moreover, relations between the king and his son’s council were strained. The prince had assumed certain royal prerogatives that the king felt were prejudicial to his dignity. These included the enactment of a certain article in a statute that severely curtailed the king’s power. The prince’s council had also suspended the payment of annuities to the king’s supporters – a measure that smacked of failure in the king’s eyes.
1415 : Henry V’s year of glory by Ian Mortimer