By Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes' dynamic account of the conflict of Agincourt offers a special point of view on essentially the most major battles in English history.
On twenty fifth October 1415, on a French hillside close to the village of Agincourt, 4 males sheltered from the rain and ready for conflict. All 4 have been English knights―ancestors of Sir Ranulph Fiennes―and a part of the military of England's King Henry V. around the valley, 4 sons of the French arm of the Fiennes relations have been convinced that the Dauphin's military could win the day . . .
Sir Ranulph Fiennes explains how his personal ancestors have been key gamers during the centuries of turbulent Anglo-French heritage that led as much as Agincourt, and he makes use of his event as excursion chief and soldier to provide us a clean viewpoint on one of many bloodiest classes of medieval history.
With interesting element at the conflict plans, weaponry, and human drama of Agincourt, this can be a gripping evocation of a ancient occasion vital to English identification. 600 years after the conflict of Agincourt, Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new mild in this epic occasion that has resonated all through British and French heritage.
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Agincourt: The Fight for France by Ranulph Fiennes