Press Release: Agincourt
The King, the Campaign, the Battle
Introduced by Bernard Cornwell
‘An engrossing account, laced with unexpected and arresting images’
HELEN CASTOR, Guardian
The Folio Society is proud to present a stunning collector’s edition of Juliet Barker’s extrordinary narrative to celebrate this most famous of English victories. Waged exactly six centuries ago on 25th October, the Battle of Agincourt still captivates. It is the classic underdog story, and generations have wondered how the English – outmanned by the French six to one – could have succeeded so bravely and brilliantly.
Juliet Barker presents the battle from all angles: the king, the common man who would fight for him, and the slow road to war. The Henry V who emerges through the pages of this book is determined and canny – a man who was convinced of his God-given right to the throne of France, but well aware it would not simply fall into his lap. As well as examining the political manoeuvring and the extensive preparations that culminated in the violent conflict on St Crispin’s day, the author reveals the farreaching repercussions of the bloodshed. Barker’s account is immediate and fresh, with an eye for the human story amid the machinations: from the desperate words of the chaplain who stood witness – ‘in fear and trembling, with our eyes raised to heaven we cried out that God would have compassion upon us’ – to the remarkable skill and endurance of the British archers, who could fire up to 15 aimed arrows a minute, Agincourt brings history to life in strikingly human terms.
This revised and updated edition features redrawn maps and newly researched full-colour pictures that shed light on this story of chivalry and brutality in a time when kings still fought on the battlefield. Also included are a new preface and appendices by the author and an introduction by Bernard Cornwell, who drew much of the material for his fictional account of the battle from Barker’s book.
Bound in three-quarter cloth with a printed paper front board. Set in Bulmer. 480 pages. Frontispiece and 32 pages of colour plates. 10″ x 6 ¾”.
UK £49.95 US $87.95 Can $107.95 Aus $109.95
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