By Bernard Cornwell

"The maximum author of historic adventures today" (Washington publish) tackles his richest, so much exciting topic yet--the heroic story of Agincourt.

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by way of a cursed past--haunted via what he has didn't do and banished for what he has performed. A sought after guy in England, he's pushed to struggle as a mercenary archer in France, the place he reveals issues he can love: his instincts as a battling guy, and a woman in difficulty. jointly they live to tell the tale the infamous bloodbath at Soissons, an occasion that shocks all Christendom. with out recommendations left, Hook heads domestic to England, the place his trap skill definite dying. as an alternative he's came upon through the younger King of England--Henry V himself--and by way of royal command he's taking up the longbow back and dons the go of Saint George. Hook returns to France as a part of the wonderful military Henry leads in his quest to say the French crown. yet after the English crusade suffers devastating early losses, it turns into transparent that Hook and his fellow archers are their king's final lodge in a determined struggle opposed to an enemy extra daunting than they can ever have imagined.

One of the main dramatic victories in British heritage, the conflict of Agincourt--immortalized by way of Shakespeare in Henry V--pitted undermanned and beaten English forces opposed to a French military decided to maintain their crown out of Henry's fingers. right here Bernard Cornwell resurrects the legend of the conflict and the "band of brothers" who fought it on October 25, 1415. An epic of redemption, Agincourt follows a commoner, a king, and a nation's complete military on a fantastic undertaking to check the desire of God and reclaim what's rightfully theirs. From the mess ups on the siege of Harfleur to the horrors of the sector of Agincourt, this exhilarating tale of survival and slaughter is instantly an excellent paintings of background and a triumph of imagination—Bernard Cornwell at his most sensible.

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By 1815, the rebellion was in tatters. Morales died before a firing squad and only small, uncoordinated bands remained in the wake of thorough government suppression. When Spanish viceroy Juan Ruiz de Apodaca shrewdly offered a general pardon to all rebels who pledged allegiance to the crown, the 7 8 THE MEXICAN WAR gesture fractured the revolutionary movement. In fact, Apodaca's pardons in conjunction with the defeat of Napoleon and the restoration of the Spanish throne to Ferdinand VII seemingly secured Spanish dominion over New Spain permanently Even the charismatic leadership of men like Manuel Felix Fernandez (who took the revolutionary moniker Guadalupe Victoria) and Vicente Guerrero could not maintain let alone revive declining enthusiasm for revolution.

6 These changes were exceedingly unpopular, however, which meant they were also perilous, because state autonomy had grown muscular while the central government was preoccupied with sorting out leaders and weathering military uprisings. States confronted with the prospect of being transformed into military districts controlled by the central government grumbled, and some openly rebelled. Santa Anna suppressed an uprising in Zacatecas just north of Mexico City in 1835 with such brutality he surprised even those familiar with his appetite for cruelty.

The army that existed in these years was a product of the revolutionary struggle for independence. Apodaca's amnesty program had brought a number of rebels into the service, for instance, but Spaniards departed throughout the 1820s and were eliminated by their official expulsion from Mexico in 1827. Thereafter the army was commanded by criollos and manned by mestizos and Indians. In any case, the regular army was only part of the picture, for the active mili- 13 14 THE MEXICAN WAR tia formed the bulk of forces charged with the duty of guarding the coastline and disciplining hostile Indians.

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