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Azincourt

By: Bernard Cornwell
Narrated by: Damien Goodwin
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Summary

An extraordinary and dramatic depiction of the legendary battle of Agincourt from the number one historical novelist Agincourt, fought on October 25th 1415, St Crispin's Day, is one of England’s best-known battles, in part through the brilliant depiction of it in Shakespeare's Henry V, in part because it was a brilliant and unexpected English victory and in part because it was the first battle won by the use of the longbow - a weapon developed by the English which enabled them to dominate the European battlefields for the rest of the century. Bernard Cornwell’s Azincourt is a vivid, breath taking and meticulously well-researched account of this momentous battle and its aftermath. From the varying viewpoints of nobles, peasants, archers, and horsemen, Azincourt skilfully brings to life the hours of relentless fighting, the desperation of an army crippled by disease and the exceptional bravery of the English soldiers.

©2012 Bernard Cornwell (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Simply Stunning!

One of the seminal battles of British military history is the highlight of this masterpiece by Bernard Cornwell. Ignoring the cliched view that the archers won it on their own the actual battle is described in all its gory detail. The heady mix of the savagery of the times, the sheer bravery of the soldiery in the face of it and to no small extent the sheer ineptitude of command and organisation that were hallmarks of warfare at the time are all vividly described. Although there was much glory won on the field of battle it came at the end of a pretty ignominious campaign which Cornwell details in full without pulling any punches.

The joy of reading Cornwell's books is not just the grandiose set piece battles and action scenes but the way he weaves his knowledge of the minutiae of life in these far distant times into the books to educate without it ever feeling like anything but a story.

The presentation concludes with the views and thoughts of the author clarifying where and how he blurred the lines between fact and fiction as well as thoughts on further reading which many will appreciate.

Simply excellent and very well narrated.

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Great story

Read this before but listening was a good refresher. Narration is good but accents of the french characters and voices of the cast are so irritating . Vest left to the imagination.

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Narration incredible

A very interesting historical novel- made incredible by the amazing narration. The historical note at the end was particularly welcome.

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Superb

Gritty, well researched and wonderful characterisation. Cornwell's books always inspire me to further investigation of the historic backgrounds. Excellent narration.

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History into narrative

A compelling recount of a historic battle.
A transparent historic summary at the end lays bare the fog of way and artistic licencing.

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Absolutely superb, gripping book that was very hard to stop listening to. Narration brilliant - would definitely recommend,

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Great book to read and even better to listen to!

love this book in any form. my advice would be read it.

I'll be back......

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Scintillating, purely stunning!

Look no further than this fantastic story of a near disaster turned into legend. I have always been intrigued by the English archer and this book masterfully brings to life the sheer size and skill of those low-born men of the countryside.

Religion and superstition are colourfully brought to life, intermingled with the profanity of brilliant characters and the hatred of the two warring countries. The narration is purely magical and at times I snorted aloud by the comedy of Sir John and his turd laced descriptions of his enemy.

A truly fantastic listen!

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amazing amazing amazing

This is a story for all, the depth of battle takes you to the field to be knee deep is the smells and horror.

I would recommend listening, clear a day and close your eyes. let the battle commence!

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A brilliant well established writer and narrator.

Probably the best book I've ever listened to.
I love Damien goodwins portrayal of the characters and of course with material written by Bernard Cornwell it's a marriage made in heaven absolutely brilliant

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  • 06-06-14

Entertaining

I didn't think I would get into the whole 14th Century thing, but this is a great story, with good characters and fantastic narration.

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  • 18-09-17

A darker tone from Cornwell

Another take on the English archer by Cornwell, this story is a lot grimmer and sinister than his earlier Grail Quest series. The darker tone suits the historical events covered in the novel and the narration is very good.