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24 Hours at Agincourt
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Agincourt was an astonishing clash of arms, a pivotal moment in the Hundred Years War and the history of warfare in general. In August 1415, King Henry V claimed the throne of France and landed an army in Normandy. Two months later, outside the small village of Agincourt in Picardy, he was preparing for certain defear. On 25 Octover his exhausted, starving and ailing troops faced a far larger French army, whose soldiers were fresh for combat and determined to destory their opponents. But what was to take place in the following 24 hours, it seemed only the miraculous intervention of God could explain. Interlacing eyewitness accounts, background chronicle and documentary sources with a new interpretation of the battle's onset, acclaimed military historian Michael Jones takes the reader into the heart of this extraordinary feat of arms. He brings the longbowmen and knights to life, portrays the dilemmas of the commanders and shows the brutal reality on the ground, as archers seized swords, daggers and even mallets to beat their opponents, and heavily armoured men-at-arms sank into knee-deep mud in a bloody fight that astounded the courts of Europe.
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A definitive account of the iconic battle, uniquely structured over 24 hours of a single shocking day - a day that changed history

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Michael Jones was awarded a PhD in history by Bristol University and subsequently taught at the University of Glasgow and Winchester College. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and member of the British Commission for Military History and works now as a writer, media consultant and presenter. Amongst his historical titles he has written on the battles of Bosworth, Stalingrad and Leningrad and co-authored The King s Grave- The Search for Richard III. He was a consultant on Channel 4 s Battle of Agincourt and The History Channel s Warriors.

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"A blow-by-blow account of one of our greatest military triumphs ... Michael Jones has reconstructed the battle in fascinating detail." Daily Express "A convincing narrative of how and why Henry V turned his army into a band of brothers and won Agincourt against all odds." Tim Clayton "Fascinating ... with eye-witness accounts, on both sides, of every stage of the battle this amounts to a brilliant history book" Historical Novel Society

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