Clio Reads

More on Agincourt? Yes. Here are some worthwhile additions to a popular history library.

 

John Keegan's early death deprived history of one of its best military writers. He was also an erudite philosopher with great analytical skills. The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme confirm all of these strengths.

Juliet Barker's work received some criticism for its perceived (wrongly so) short descriptions of the actual battle. In actuality, it's a wonderful and often intricate social and cultural history. Vivid and sprightly in style, it is a delightful overview.

Anne Curry's sources and interpretations raise the dread specter of college days of yore. In this case, however, the choices of historical sources and the well written comments really can add to understanding the literary fascination of a great medieval battle

Christopher Hibbert has a magical touch for combining the drama of great events with the art world of an era. A solid historian, Hibbert is always readable and illustrates his story with wonderfully deft illustrations

Robert Hardy, surely one of Great Britain's "bespoke" treasures, (remember him as a veterinarian in James Herriot's world) or is equally at home in history. His Longbow shows you why the most beloved weapon in British history carried the day for Henry and his "band of brothers."

"...a commoner, a king, and an entire nation's army on an improbable mission; Bernard Cornwell's novels remind readers that the best historians often write fiction. Cornwell never fails to engage the mind and the spirit in the aspirations and fears of the past.

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