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Agincourt 1415: Triumph against the odds (Campaign) Paperback – May 23, 1991
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The book follows the typical Ospery format. The most significant difference is that Bennett goes to great lengths to discuss the controversies regarding the battle as well as the inadequacies of the commanding officers. Bennett does not go overboard with his praise for Henry V and discusses his success and failures.
All in all, this is a good read for one that wants an overview of the most famous battle of the Hundred Years War.
The opening stages of the Hundred Years War is referred to as the "Edwardian stage" of the war, because Edward III was the King of England when the war broke out. This portion of the Hundred Years War is known for the battles oiwf Crecy (August 26, 1346) and Poitiers (September 19, 1356).
These two battles were significant and watershed English victories over the French in which the English longbow men were decisive in the victories over the heavy French knights. Before these two battles at Crecy and Poitiers, the heavy knight was considered as being on the cutting edge of military technology. After the battles of Crecy and Poitiers, the day of the heavy knight as a leading weapon of war was over. However, the generals of the world were slow to appreciate this dynamic and Agincourt was another English victory over the French which depended heavily on a small group of longbow men as opposed to the numerous heavy knights of the French Army.
The book is also well illustrated in terms of illustrations and contemporaneous paintings and sculptures showing how the different classes of troops (i.e., cavalry, bowmen, etc.) of each side appeared. Hence for the figurine builder it can serve as a useful reference. It also has quite a few pages dedicated to coats of arms of the various leading families involved. Considering the book's relatively short length of about 90 pages the 10 or so pages dedicated to this topic are probably too many.
In short, the book provides an excellent introduction to the battle for those with only an hour or two to spend on the topic.
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This old title first published in 1991 and not revised since, remains a good overview although it has become a bit dated. Read morePublished 17 months ago by JPS
This is an excellent account of the campaign and battle, by an authority on the subject. It is also excellently illustrated, not just with the maps and colour plates, but also with... Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Squirr-El