The Battle of Agincourt


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Edited by Anne Curry and Malcolm Mercer

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Published in partnership with the Royal Armouries, this comprehensive, sumptuously illustrated volume provides a defining reassessment of England’s legendary victory on the fields of Agincourt on October 25, 1415. Dramatized by William Shakespeare in Henry V, the Battle of Agincourt changed the course of the Hundred Years War and Britain’s relationship with her longtime enemy, France. In a remarkable work commemorating the 600th anniversary of arguably the most iconic military engagement of the medieval era, a wide range of experts examine the battle in its political, cultural, and geographical contexts, detailing strategies, tactics, armor, weapons, and fighting techniques while exploring the battlefield experiences of commanders and ordinary soldiers alike. In addition, this all-encompassing study offers deep analyses of many artifacts and aspects of the battle and its aftermath that have rarely been covered in other histories, including medicine and hygiene, the roles of faith and chivalry, the music of the times, and the experiences of women.

Anne Curry is Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton. Malcolm Mercer is Curator of Tower History at the Royal Armouries Museum.

"A thought-provoking collection of studies by outstanding specialists of one of the most remarkable military campaigns of England's medieval history."—Jonathan Sumption, author of The Hundred Years War

"A completely absorbing account of the how and why of Agincourt – strongest, and indeed unrivalled, in all aspects of the battle's historical context – and the political and social conditions surrounding it."—Robert Hardy, author of Longbow: A Social and Military History

"Agincourt is a battle of totemic importance. This book is not only a worthy contribution to a significant anniversary in its own right, but also an essential addition to scholarship on medieval military history."—Jeremy Black

“An exceptional study to mark the 600th anniversary of the victory of an invading English army over its French foes in the Battle of Agincourt . . . [A] comprehensive, one-volume survey of the battle and its significance.”—Choice

The Battle of Agincourt . . . [is] a thorough and accessible synthesis of the scholarship on the battle. Interested nonspecialists will find it eminently readable and thought-provoking, while specialists will appreciate its range of coverage and its lavish illustrations.”—James R. Smither, Michigan War Studies Review
ISBN: 9780300228779
Publication Date: November 21, 2017
344 pages, 7 7/8 x 9 3/4
120 color + 80 b/w illus.