Agincourt: The Fight for France

Agincourt: The Fight for France

by Ranulph Fiennes


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Sir Ranulph Fiennes' dynamic account of the Battle of Agincourt gives a unique perspective on one of the most significant battles in English history.

On 25th October 1415, on a French hillside near the village of Agincourt, four men sheltered from the rain and prepared for battle. All four were English knights—ancestors of Sir Ranulph Fiennes—and part of the army of England's King Henry V. Across the valley, four sons of the French arm of the Fiennes family were confident that the Dauphin's army would win the day . . .

Sir Ranulph Fiennes explains how his own ancestors were key players through the centuries of turbulent Anglo-French history that led up to Agincourt, and he uses his experience as expedition leader and soldier to give us a fresh perspective on one of the bloodiest periods of medieval history.

With fascinating detail on the battle plans, weaponry, and human drama of Agincourt, this is a gripping evocation of a historical event integral to English identity. Six hundred years after the Battle of Agincourt, Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on this epic event that has resonated throughout British and French history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681773223
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,134,777
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the first man to have reached both poles by surface travel and the first to have crossed the Antarctic Continent unsupported. He is the only person in the world to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar Medal for both the Antarctic and Arctic regions. Fiennes also led the first polar circumnavigation of the earth. In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking these historic records, he has raised over twenty millions dollars for charity. In 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the Heart Foundation. In 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

1 The French Connection 5

2 The rise and rise of Eustace de Fiennes 15

3 Geoffrey de Mandeville and other fickle Fienneses 29

4 Intermarriage, bribery, temerity and indecision 41

5 Friends and Lovers 59

6 Wool, wine and war 71

7 The Buying of Broughton 95

8 So much Christian blood spilled 105

9 When men of good breeding think nothing of killing 115

10 Fair stood the wind for France 137

11 The actions of the tiger 161

12 Fiennes to the fore 181

13 A family at war 199

14 A Vaste Multitude Yielded Up in Death 217

15 La Mort de Fiennes 237

16 Another Fiennes loses his head for losing the War 257

Postscript 287

Appendix: The Arming of an English Man-At-Arms, c.1415 289

Acknowledgements 299

Bibliography 301

Picture Credits 303

Index 305

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