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Henry V /
Christopher Allmand.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
description
xiv, 480 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520082931
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1992.
isbn
0520082931
general note
Originally published: London : Historical Association, 1968 (Association pamphlets, general series ; no. 68).
catalogue key
3229835
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [445]-463) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-03-01:
In this volume, we are presented with an in-depth and generally balanced portrait of the monarch who is best remembered for his success at the Battle of Agincourt (1415). However, as Allmand (Univ. of Liverpool) shows, Henry V was a versatile, capable ruler whose achievements in many areas were of lasting significance. Like most of its predecessors in the ``English Monarchs'' series, this work is written in a style designed to appeal not only to scholars but to general readers. Undergraduate students of British history, in particular, will be beneficiaries of this work. Deeply researched and well written, this is now the standard biography of Henry V.-- James A. Casada, Winthrop Univ., Rock Hill, S.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1993-03:
Allmand (Liverpool Univ.) has written the first full scholarly biography of one of England's hero kings. It is a masterful study, putting Henry's well-known military achievements in the context of the king's less-appreciated skill at rulership and administration. Allmand first narrates Henry's life; the remaining two thirds of the volume are devoted to thematic chapters on aspects of Henry's reign, including his rule in Normandy, church relations, Lollardy and sedition, order, Parliament, and finance, among others. Allmand's outlook and analysis in each case is cautious and traditional, but thorough and convincing: he has done much new archival research as well as synthesized all recent scholarship on the period. Allmand is always careful to see Henry in a broader European perspective and as part of a longer English history. A definitive scholarly study, the book is also so clearly written as to be accessible even to general readers. Excellent bibliography, index, and footnotes; helpful illustrations and maps. A must buy for any late medieval collection; recommended for all academic libraries. General; undergraduate; graduate; faculty. S. Morillo; Wabash College
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Thanks to Shakespeare, Henry V is one of England's best-known monarchs. Or is he? The image of the young king leading his army against the French and his stunning victory at Agincourt are part of English historical tradition. Yet to understand Henry V we need to look at far more than his military prowess. While Henry was indeed a soldier of exceptional skills, his historical reputation as a king deserves to be set against a broader background of achievement, for he was a leader and a diplomat, an administrator, a keeper of the peace and protector of the Church, a man who worked with and for his people. This new study, the first full scholarly biography of Henry V, based on the primary sources of both English and French archives and taking into account a great deal of recent scholarship, shows his reign in the broad European context of his day. It concludes that, through his personality and "professional" approach, Henry not only united the country in war but also provided England with a sense of pride and the kind of domestic rule it was so in need of at the time. Allmand offers far more than a biography of a king. His book is also a rich work of cultural history, with fascinating material on, for example, royal funerals, the reburial of Richard II in Westminster Abbey, the rise of Lollardy in England, and how one governed in the late Middle Ages.
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Thanks to Shakespeare, Henry V is one of England's best-known monarchs. Or is he? The image of the young king leading his army against the French and his stunning victory at Agincourt are part of English historical tradition. Yet to understand Henry V we need to look at far more than his military prowess.While Henry was indeed a soldier of exceptional skills, his historical reputation as a king deserves to be set against a broader background of achievement, for he was a leader and a diplomat, an administrator, a keeper of the peace and protector of the Church, a man who worked with and for his people.This new study, the first full scholarly biography of Henry V, based on the primary sources of both English and French archives and taking into account a great deal of recent scholarship, shows his reign in the broad European context of his day. It concludes that, through his personality and "professional" approach, Henry not only united the country in war but also provided England with a sense of pride and the kind of domestic rule it was so in need of at the time.Allmand offers far more than a biography of a king. His book is also a rich work of cultural history, with fascinating material on, for example, royal funerals, the reburial of Richard II in Westminster Abbey, the rise of Lollardy in England, and how one governed in the late Middle Ages.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Maps
Introductionp. 1
A Royal Apprenticeship
Early Yearsp. 7
Walesp. 16
The Prince in Government, 1406-13p. 39
The Soldier and his Career
Harfleurp. 61
Agincourtp. 83
France, 1416-19p. 102
France, 1419-20p. 128
France, 1420-22p. 151
The Exercise of Kingship
Normandyp. 185
Army and Navyp. 205
Sigismund and the Council of Constancep. 233
Papal Relations, Reform and Foundationp. 257
Lollardy and Seditionp. 280
Orderp. 306
The Family Circlep. 333
The Personnel of Governmentp. 349
Parliamentp. 366
Financep. 384
Crown, Unity and Nationhoodp. 404
Epiloguep. 426
Genealogical Tablep. 444
Select Bibliographyp. 445
Indexp. 465
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