The Battle of Agincourt: Sources and Interpretations

The Battle of Agincourt: Sources and Interpretations

Anne Curry

Paperback
$45.00
Hardback
$90.00
Personal eBook
$39.99

Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

Latest title, destined to be the Agincourt sourcebook for years to come, in the Warfare in History: Sources and Interpretations series.
Accessible collections of primary sources covering the Hundred Years War are still remarkably few and far between, and teachers of the subject will find Curry's volume a valuable addition to their bibliographies and teaching aids. FRENCH HISTORY

"Agincourt! Agincourt! Know ye not Agincourt?" So began a ballad of around 1600. Since the event itself (25 October 1415), the great military engagement has occupied a special place in both English and French consciousness, respectively as either one of the greatest military successes ever, or as the "accursed day". Much ink has been spilt on the battle but do we really know Agincourt? Not since Harris Nicolas's History of the Battle of Agincourt (1827-33) has there been a full attempt to survey the sources until now: this book brings together, in translation and with commentary, English and French narrative accounts and literary works of the fifteenth century. It also traces the treatment of the battle in sixteenth-century English histories and in the literary representations of, amongst others, Shakespeare and Drayton. After examining how later historians interpreted the battle, it concludes with the first full assessment of the extremely rich administrative records which survive for the armies which fought "upon Saint Crispin's day".

ANNE CURRY is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton.

CONTENTS Twenty-six chronicle sources, English and French
Accounts from six sixteenth-century English historians
Twenty-one records of contemporary reception of the battle, and the development of the literary tradition, in England and France
Summaries of interpretations from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries
Excerpts from eighteen administrative records relating to the English and French armies

Details

8 line illustrations
490 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Warfare in History
Paperback, 9781843835110, October 2009
Hardback, 9780851158020, October 2000
Personal eBook, 9781782044949, October 2000
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BIC HBLC1
BISAC HIS027130, HIS037010
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Outstanding. (...) All the texts are provided with ample and thoughtful introductions, so that students can approach them with some degree of sophistication. (...) This book would be an excellent one to use in a historical methodologies course at undergraduate or graduate level. I heartily recommend it for the collections of all college libraries. DE RE MILITARI
Will not only meet the needs of medieval warfare scholars but could be used as a great teaching tool for every aspect of medieval history... a remarkable book. JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY * Accessible collections of primary sources covering the Hundred Years War are still remarkably few and far between, and teachers of the subject will find Curry's volume a valuable addition to their bibliographies and teaching aids. FRENCH HISTORY * Curry has performed a valuable service to scholars, teachers and general readers by compiling this comprehensive source-book for Henry 's Agincourt campaign. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW An outstanding addition to Boydell's valuable Warfare in History series.. Provides a masterclass in the handling of chronicles and government records. WAR IN HISTORY

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Professor of History and Dean of Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton

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