REVIEW: Agincourt: Battle of the Scarred King by Michael Livingston

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Agincourt: Battle of the Scarred King by Michael Livingston is a new history of one of the most famous battles in English history. Drawing on the latest research, Livingston challenges many of the traditional assumptions about the battle, and provides a fresh and compelling account of what happened on that fateful day in October 1415.

Livingston begins with a detailed account of the events leading up to the battle and describes the political and military situation in France and England. He also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the two armies, and the strategies they adopted for the battle.

On the day of the battle, the English army was outnumbered by the French by a factor of four. Livingston describes the course of the battle in vivid detail, and he explains how the English were able to achieve such a decisive victory.

In the aftermath of the battle, Henry V was hailed as a hero in England. However, Livingston points out that the victory at Agincourt came at a high cost. Thousands of men were killed on both sides, and the battle left a lasting legacy of bitterness and hatred between England and France.

Livingston’s book is more than just a military history of the battle of Agincourt. He also examines the battle’s cultural and historical significance. He discusses how the battle has been depicted in art, literature, and film over the centuries.

Livingston challenges the traditional view of the battle of Agincourt. He shows that the battle was fought between two complex and nuanced societies, and that the outcome was not inevitable. He also emphasizes the human cost of the battle.

Agincourt: Battle of the Scarred King is a fantastic book and a must-read for anyone interested in the battle of Agincourt, the Hundred Years’ War, or medieval warfare in general. It is a well-written and informative book that provides a fresh and insightful perspective on one of the most famous battles in history.

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About the Author

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Dr. Michael Livingston

teaches the military and cultural history of the Middle Ages at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He is the author of Medieval Warfare, The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook, winner of the 2017 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History, Never Greater Slaughter: Brunanburh and the Birth of England (Osprey, 2021) and Crécy: Battle of Five Kings (Osprey, 2021).

Twitter: @MedievalGuy



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