Agincourt : My Family, the Battle and the Fight for France
by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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October 25, 2015, has the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Azincourt – a huge resonance of the event in English (and French) historySir Ranulph Fiennes throws a new light on this epic of the event, revealing that three of his own ancestors fought in battle for Henry V, and at least one for the FrenchmanIt is a unique viewpoint on Agincourt from a formation and decoratedRun reveals the truth behind the myths and legends of battleHe tells how, after the battle, Henry V entertained his high commanders dinner, where they were expected by captured French knightsThere is the story of Sir Piers Legge de la Salle, who was wounded in the mud, while his dog moloss beaten against the French, men-at-armsThen there is the legend that the French intended to cut the first and second fingers of the right hand of each archer’s capture, to prevent him from using his bowThe archers raised these two fingers in advance French as a gesture of defianceIn this prehension study Sir Ranulph Fiennes revives these stories and more, including those of his ancestors, in a celebration of an integral historical event to the English identityFiennes, probably our greatest explorerhas plunged deeply into history to tell the story of his family, epic journeyTime – Time
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