Agincourt, fought on October 25th 1415, on St Crispin’s Day, is one of the 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. This was a weapon developed in this form only by the English – parishes were forced to train boys from as young as eight daily – and enabled them to dominate the European battlefields for the rest of the century.
Cornwell is certainly one of the masters of bringing historical fiction to life, he seems to be able to bring different perspectives together to successfully form a well written novel.
He manages to create likeable characters, that bring the history to like. All the character help to bring to life the history that is within the novel. The novel is well researched and as a reader you feel like you have stepped right into that period of time. I always find that Cornwell’s novel are well researched and a lot of time and effort have went into them.
The best part of the novel were the battles, as a reader I felt like I was standing in the middle of the battle watching it all unfold in front of my eyes.
Bernard Cornwell is one of my favourite novelists and I was completely hooked on this book from the start. If you are a fan of historical fiction I can not recommend Bernard Cornwell high enough.