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Download PDF by Juliet Barker: Agincourt: The King, the Campaign, the Battle

By Juliet Barker

Whilst Henry V and his ‘band of brothers’ defeated the assembled may possibly of French chivalry on a wet October day in 1415 it used to be a defining second in English historical past. The conflict of Agincourt turned a part of the nation’s self-image. for 6 centuries it's been celebrated because the triumph of the under-dog within the face of overwhelming odds, of self-discipline and backbone over conceitedness and egotism, of stout-hearted universal males over dissolute aristocrats. yet what's the fact in the back of the conflict upon which such a lot of legends were built?

In this landmark learn of Agincourt, prize-winning writer Juliet Barker attracts upon an incredible variety of assets, released and unpublished, English and French, to offer a compelling account of the conflict. yet she additionally appears to be like at the back of the motion at the box to color a portrait of the age, from the logistics of getting ready to release one of many greatest invasion forces ever noticeable on the time to the dynamics of everyday life in peace and struggle. She exhibits how the chivalry and piety which underpinned medieval society, and the contradictions inherent in attempting to uphold them, have been mirrored within the destiny of these stuck up within the brutal energy struggles of the interval. A mad king, murderous dukes, scheming bishops, knightly heroes, surgeons, heralds, spies and pirates, the tale of Agincourt has all of them.

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Their famous Exodus from Egypt began in about 1250 BC when under the leadership of Moses they escaped into the wilderness of Sinai, from where they were directed by their god Yahweh to the fertile lands of Canaan. Moses did not live to see his people enter the Promised Land, an event dated to about 1200 BC; instead under Joshua, his successor, the tribes of Israel stormed into Canaan, taking the entire country by the sword, all except the walled hill city of the Jebusites, Jerusalem. But modern scholarship is sceptical about the biblical account of the Exodus.

The two hollow bronze pillars, each 18 cubits (nine yards) high, were placed on either side of the entrance porch. The pillars were free-standing and supported nothing, but they were surmounted with capitals five cubits high and of elaborate design, opening out into lotus or lily forms adorned with garlands of pomegranates. Hiram the widow’s son gave them each a name, calling the one on the south side of the porch Jachin, meaning ‘He shall establish’, and the one on the north side Boaz, ‘In it is strength’.

Tombs dating to 3200 BC have been found on the Ophel hill, which was to become David’s city, but no traces of habitations have been discovered, no signs of urban life. To the west the land of Canaan fell away to the Mediterranean coastal plain, an avenue of trade, and to the east was the Jordan river valley, where even then stood Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world. But few people lived in these highlands of Judah in the region of the Ophel hill. Jerusalem, which was to assume such significance for the Jewish, Christian and Muslim worlds, began as a remote mountain site off the beaten track.

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