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A Great and Glorious Adventure

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A Great and Glorious Adventure: A Military History of the Hundred Years War , Gordon Corrigan, book review“From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers”

Most of us will be familiar with these rousing lines from Shakespeare’s Henry V, spoken on the eve of the battle of Agincourt. Less of us, I imagine, will be familiar with the background to the battle or why Henry was fighting there at all. Despite having an interest in history, I for one will confess to knowing little about the period, my knowledge of the Hundred Years War limited to the odd novel (such as Bernard Cornwell’s Harlequin, Azincourt and 1356) and seeing period re-enacters demonstrate the weapons of the era at various events I’ve attended. When I received a copy of A Great and Glorious Adventure: A Military History of the Hundred Years War by Gordon Corrigan in the post recently, this seemed an excellent opportunity to start filling in the gaps in my knowledge.


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