'Remarkable... in its highly original approach to the presentation of a single year and his scorching criticism of Henry V... Mortimer writes biographical history with formidable energy and panache...This is the most illuminating exploration of the reality of 15th-century life that I have ever read' Independent
'Ian Mortimer has virtually single-handedly put medieval history back in the hands of ordinary readers, combining scrupulous research with a wonderfully iconoclastic approach to storytelling... a genuinely three-dimensional portrait of a man who was of his times but came to transcend them' Daily Telegraph
'Compelling, exuberant...vivid' Simon Sebag-Montefiore
Henry V is regarded as the great English hero. Lionised in his own lifetime for his victory at Agincourt, his piety and his rigorous application of justice, he was elevated by Shakespeare into a champion of English nationalism. But does he really deserve to be thought of as 'the greatest man who ever ruled England'?
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. At the centre of the book is the campaign which culminated in the battle of Agincourt: a slaughter ground designed not to advance England's interest directly but to demonstrate God's approval of Henry's royal authority on both sides of the channel.
'A new and convincing likeness of medieval England's most iconic king' Sunday Timesshow more