Saturday, September 3, 2011

Agincourt: A Book Review

Agincourt is one of those books where the title pretty much covers the topic of the tale. Despite being a fan of Medieval history in general, I did not know anything about Agincourt, and being a huge fan of Cornwell, wanted to give this a read. Since I picked this up for $6 at a Barnes & Noble a few months ago, it seemed like a good time to give this a go.

PROS:
  • Context. Unlike many Cornwell books, where you jump right in, and the "character's" reason for being there at all is pretty contrived, Agincourt starts at the earlier battle of Soissons. You understand the background of the story, and why everyone is going along for the ride.
  • Henry V. Now I get the gist of the play, and can pass on reading more Shakespear. Thank god.
  • Stands alone. Because this is in a different time frame from the author's series, there is no character overlap. There is no book before or after, so fans who just want to pick it up and jump in can go right ahead, without fear of losing backstory.
CONS:
  • No tie in. Depending on how you look at it, the fact that it does not fit with the author's other established series could also be a drawback, if that's what you were hoping for.
  • History. If you don't like learning about history, this might not be the book for you.
Sorry folks, I really didn't have a lot bad to say about this book. Cornwell comes through as usual for me. It was a good read, I felt like a learned a bit because of it, and there was really not a lot of downsides about it. I try to make the plusses and minuses even out in these reviews, but this one really doesn't lend itself to that method. It's actually that good.

Note: This is a guest post by KE554, since Counterfett is currently out of commission with nerve damage. Stay tuned folks.

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