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Historydude1812 Nov 2019 8:30 p.m. PST

Although I've visited the battlefield, watched multiple movies and documentaries about Agincourt, and gamed it for the 600th four years ago, the only book I have read on Agincourt is the Osprey, which is old and lacking in details compared to other books. I've searched Amazon and there are quite a lot of books written on it and they all seem to be good but I can't afford all of them. I'm not interested in Bernard Cornwell's because that's a novel, not a history book I am looking forward. Does anybody have one to recommend that is particularly good or detailed? Thanks.

coopman13 Nov 2019 4:45 a.m. PST

Juliet Barker's book. She is also a commentator in at least one Agincourt documentary that I have watched on youtube.

Steamingdave213 Nov 2019 9:29 a.m. PST

Anne Curry's book is worth a look. In 2015, I did an online course that she had developed. Her conclusions might be a bit controversial for some people, but they are based on going back to as many primary sources as possible and I found many of them very plausible.
The Juliet Barker book is very readable.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2019 10:08 a.m. PST

Medieval Warfare magazine volume IX number 1 has several very interesting articles on the battle, especially one on where it was fought. You can get this issue from Karwansary Publishers -- link

Jim

KSmyth15 Nov 2019 8:26 a.m. PST

I would suggest Juliet Barker's book AND Anne Curry's book. Barker is a great read and offers some great biographical background on Henry V. Most importantly she offers a traditional view of Agincourt of Henry's Band of Brothers vastly outnumbered by the French achieving an incredible victory. Curry's story offers a revisionist view of the battle that claims the numbers of combatants were much more similar in size than has been handed down, and she accesses sources not traditionally used in previous accounts. Both books are interesting and what is really interesting is that they were published within months of one another.

Two accounts worth looking at include John Keegan's chapter on Agincourt in his 1976 book Face of Battle.. To get an understanding for how the French could fight such a ridiculous campaign and such a disastrous battle, take a look at Jonathan Sumption's volume Cursed Kings. The whole book is great, but the chapters on the Agincourt campaign demonstrate the divisions within French leadership and how it was virtually impossible to provide effective leadership to the French army on October 26th.

Thomas Thomas26 Nov 2019 10:30 a.m. PST

Besides Sumption, Barker and Curry I can also recommend Ian Mortimer's 1415 which is a day to day account of Henry V's activities in that pivotal year. Good (not perfect) account of the battle; Mortimer accepts Curry's numbers for the French army which have now have been pretty well accepted by most scholars.

TomT

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