(Review) Agincourt: The Story of a Battle by Rosemary Hawley Jarman

Publisher: Amberley Books, July 2, 2012.
Genre: Non-fiction, Agincourt Battle, Henry V, British History Reading Challenge 2014.
Format: pdf, ebook/Kindle.
Pages: 158.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.
Source: I was given a free pdf copy from Amberley Books, later I bought an e-book Kindle copy.

To purchase a copy @ Amazon.

Further links of interest:
Eyewitness History
British Battles
History Channel

The battlefield of Agincourt is located near modern day Azincourt, France. Azincourt is in far northern France. Agincourt is one of the battles in the Hundred Year's War, 1337-1453. It was an English victory.
October 25, 1415, Henry V and his army engaged in battle with a large French army. Henry V's English army had been joined by a battled hardened group of Welshmen, and a group of intimidating Irishmen. The English victory came on St. Crispin's Day. Henry did not take credit for the victory, but gave glory to God.

My Thoughts:
When I began reading Agincourt, I knew it had been an important battle in English history, but I did not know anything else beyond this detail. Rosemary Hawley Jarman has written a splendid concise study of Agincourt.
My reasons for a 5 star review:

  • Dating back to the period of Edward III in order to lay the groundwork and reasons for the battle. 
  • The history of the mad French king and the tumultuous French region. 
  • Lengthy list of the men who fought in the battle. This includes important historical notes of interest of each person. 
  • From the landing of Henry V and his army, to the battle at Agincourt is examined. 
  • A list of everyone who was involved, from knights to archers, from carpenters to friars, from tent-makers to the king's household. 
  • The prolific sickness that came from eating mussels in a sewage drain. 
  • A descriptive recreation of the battle.
  • The armor and weaponry is examined. 
  • The aftermath and legacy.