1415 : Henry V’s year of glory by Ian Mortimer

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 consultant 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 software of justice, he was once increased by means of Shakespeare right into a champion of English nationalism. yet does he particularly need to be regarded as 'the maximum guy who ever governed England'?

In Ian Mortimer's groundbreaking booklet, he portrays Henry within the pivotal yr of his reign; recording the dramatic occasion of 1415, he bargains the fullest, so much exact and least romanticised view we have now 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 armed forces historians have principally neglected. on the centre of the publication is the crusade which culminated within the conflict of Agincourt: a slaughter floor designed to not enhance 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 ache and one horrendous conflict. this is often the tale of that yr, as obvious over the shoulder of its such a lot cold-hearted, such a lot formidable and so much celebrated hero.

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It is likely that there was a personality clash between the two men, for they were similar in character in many respects, not the least of which was a distinctly overwhelming pride. Whatever the cause, the plans for armed intervention on behalf of Burgundy were affected. 12 On 21 September the king declared he would not be going to France. Instead he summoned a parliament to meet as soon as possible, in early November. So the fleet that sailed in late September was a private one, hired by the Burgundians from the prince of Wales as a mercenary force.

19 But Henry IV never embarked. Parliament assembled in early February, and waited for the king to take the throne, but he was too sick to attend. At the end of the month he lapsed into unconsciousness in Westminster Abbey and was carried through to the Jerusalem Chamber, and laid on a bed in the abbot’s lodging. On waking and being told where he was, he realised that he was now in the place where it had been prophesied he would die. The end came on 20 March, with Queen Joan and his sons Henry and Humphrey at his bedside.

The most famous example is the declaration by the English historian K. B. 1 Many other writers have presented Henry as the typical medieval warrior-hero, regardless of his solemnity and profoundly religious nature. So, although this book is about a man and his time, it is also about challenging certain assumptions that we make about him. I do think he was an extraordinary man, in that he demonstrated phenomenal organisational skills, focus, determination, resilience, leadership and – above all else – religious conviction; but I also feel he was a deeply flawed individual.

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