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eBook 1415: Henry V's Year of Glory ePub

by Ian Mortimer

eBook 1415: Henry V's Year of Glory ePub
Author: Ian Mortimer
Language: English
ISBN: 0224079921
ISBN13: 978-0224079921
Publisher: Bodley Head; 1St Edition edition (2009)
Category: Europe
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 645
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ePub file: 1381 kb
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In Ian Mortimer’s groundbreaking book, he portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign; recording the dramatic event of. a real hero –. and the kindest of men. IAN MORTIMER. Henry V’s Year of Glory. Foreign names have been treated in two ways.

In Ian Mortimer’s groundbreaking book, he portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign; recording the dramatic event of 1415, he offers the fullest, most precise and least romanticised view we have of Henry and of what he did. The result is not only a fascinating reappraisal of Henry; it brings to the fore many unpalatable truths which biographies and military historians have largely ignored.

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Ian Mortimer's 1415: Henry V's Year of Glory is compelling, exuberant and erudite - combining the vivid drama of medieval character and battle with the vigour of revisionist history" (Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Young Stalin). Mortimer creates a new and convincing likeness of medieval England's most iconic king" (Nick Rennison Sunday Times).

In Ian Mortimer's groundbreaking book, he portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign

In Ian Mortimer's groundbreaking book, he portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign. Recording the dramatic events of 1415, he offers the fullest, most precise and least romanticised view we have of Henry and what he did. The result is not only a fascinating reappraisal of Henry; it brings to the fore many unpalatable truths which biographers and military historians have largely ignored.

Mortimer, Ian. It was the formal beginning of autumn, and with it the start of the season of harvesting and agricultural celebrations. Whole families – old and young alike – took themselves into the fields to reap. Peasants working for manorial lords could look forward to three months of better food: white bread rather than rye, roast meat and fresh ale. Girls working in the fields were singled out for their prettiness and crowned as harvest queens by their fellow workers

Shakespeare made Henry V a lot more charismatic and cheerful than he actually was, Ian Mortimer argues in this revisionist . Mortimer's ambitious "experiment in historical form" covers a whole year in Henry's life, day by day.

Shakespeare made Henry V a lot more charismatic and cheerful than he actually was, Ian Mortimer argues in this revisionist biographical history. The medieval warrior king was, in fact, a dour "militant Catholic fundamentalist. a deeply flawed individual. capable of great cruelty". Henry also avoided (perhaps feared) women, plunged the crown into debt and was a poor military strategist.

In this ground-breaking book, Ian Mortimer portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign

In this ground-breaking book, Ian Mortimer portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign. At the centre of the narrative is the campaign which culminated in the battle of Agincourt: a slaughter ground intended not to advance England’s interests directly but to demonstrate God’s approval of Henry’s royal authority on both sides of the Channel

Although there have been countless books on Henry V and Agincourt, Mortimer’s approach is radically different.

Although there have been countless books on Henry V and Agincourt, Mortimer’s approach is radically different. Henry’s emissaries were pre-occupied with asserting his claim for full nation status but were doubtless chuffed when Hus was burned at the stake.

In Ian Mortimer's groundbreaking book, he portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign; recording the dramatic event of 1415, he offers the fullest, most precise and least romanticised view we have of Henry and of what he did. The result is not only a fascinating reappraisal of Henry; it brings t. . The result is not only a fascinating reappraisal of Henry; it brings to the fore many unpalatable truths which biographies and military historians have largely ignored

Otiel
This was my first experience with English experimental history and I found it quite enjoyable. For some the annalistic approach may seem a bit tedious, but I believe that the reader will discover this more than offset by the amount of interesting historical data incorporated into the text. This is also a very good companion volume to his other presentations of Roger Mortimer, Edward III, and Henry IV. Taken together they provide a great opportunity to explore in depth English history just prior to the Wars of the Roses through the lives of the four most prominent historical personages actively engaged in the political arena. In short, as with his other works, an enjoyable experience well worth the effort.
KiddenDan
I found the calendar structure used in 75% of the book fascinating, and if the whole book used this methodology I would give it an enthusiastic five stars. Mortimer is correct in his thesis - the calendar method provides a unique look at Henry V and the world he lived in that was hard to put down. Unfortunately, the other 25% is filled with reflections on the process of writing the book, speculations about historical methodology, and comments on Henry V that didn't fit into the main narrative. None of this was bad, per say, but it had a "navel-gazing" quality and was not up to the level of the main chronology. I can see myself reading this again a few years down the road and skipping everything but the calendar. Its a wonderful book, but realize that you may not love the whole thing.
Aradwyn
Once again Ian Mortimer has produced an insightful look at one of the most famous medieval kings and for some this study of a single year in the life of someone seen as one of England's greatest heroes, it might be a bit of a shock. The victory at Agincourt is still heroic, still a courageous feat, but Mortimer pulls no punches in his assessment of the man behind all that. This is not the kindest look at Henry V I've ever seen, but it is probably the most realistic. Highly recommended reading for anyone seeking a bit more perspective on the hero of Agincourt.
Ferri - My name
There is no other book like it - a day by day description of the life of a medieval king. The insight into what was involved in medieval governance is unparalleled. Moreover, as exhibited in all his books, Mortimer is a great storyteller and brings life to long-dead characters.
Shomeshet
Essentially a day-to-day report on the year leading up to the Battle of Agincourt. I did ploughing through every page, but very tedious. Would be useful for medieval history researchers.
Iell
Since I write a gushing review for every book Ian Mortimer writes, this one is no different. Adore the man's writing style and the Mariana-Trench-Like depth of his erudition. The man is a serious expert on this time. Suffice it to say, read all his books and glory in them.
Marg
I very much enjoyed the chronological style of presentation, - came away feeling I had received a much broader and balanced picture of the Man.......almost as if the recital was in real time, - almost photographic.
Very informative, well-researched and believable. I couldn't put the book down.
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