AzincourtAzincourt by Bernard Cornwell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cornwell turns to the now legendary Battle of Agincourt as inspiration and foundation for his novel Azincourt, using the archer, Nick Hook (an actual historical archer who was at Agincourt) as the vehicle for this story.

The story itself attempts to illuminate the actual events that led to King Henry V’s resounding victory over the French, using a fictional backdrop of Hook’s family feud, a damsel in distress, and the guidance of Saints Crispin and Cripinian (who speak to Hook) as the plot arc.

On a personal level, I wanted very much to enjoy this story. The subject matter is one I’ve researched extensively and have found of fascination for decades. I’m afraid, however, my enjoyment was overshadowed by Cornwell’s heavy hand illustrating gore, and several technical inaccuracies which, for the average reader, wouldn’t be an issue, but for me twanged in the way of a badly-tuned instrument.

An entertaining read, but not a memorable one.

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