This was yet another of my Kindle freebies (maybe a cheapie), and I’m glad I grabbed it. I didn’t realize that I had heard of Cornwell before, but he’s the guy who wrote all those “Sharpe’s” books, which were made into a TV series starring Sean Bean (I’m guessing since there was more than one, nothing from this show made the death reel).
This book clearly deals with the battle at Agincourt, the battle that made Henry V famous. Our hero is a Zelig sort, Nicholas Hook. He’s a paragon, of course; perfect archer, good guy, handsome, always says the right thing. He meets King Harry, as well as other real historical figures. And they all think he’s super cool. He also have people who hate him, but they’re awful and evil, also of course.
Agincourt was well-written and well-researched. I had to hit wikipedia several times just to learn stuff that made the story make more sense. Hook has a revelation when he’s trapped during an ambush in France, and feels like he’s been adopted by Saints Crispin and Crispinian (note the connection there); they even speak to him. Crispinian’s the softer brother, he gives Hook hints and directions about how to be nice and save himself and others. Crispin is kind of a dick, he helps Hook be ruthless when he has to.
If you’ve read any of my reviews, you know I’m a fool for historical fiction, and I don’t really discriminate between time periods. If it ain’t now, I love it. This book made me want to go back and re-read Henry V, and to learn more about that time. To me, that makes a great historical novel.