Agincourt 1415: A Tourist’s Guide To The Campaign, by Peter Hoskins with Anne Curry
Having read another of the author’s other books relating to the same subject , I was interested in reading this book to add to my trove of books about the Hundred Years’ War from De Re Militari . This book, though, took a very long time to come, largely because someone had borrowed the book and had not returned it so that it could not be sent out to me. At any rate, it was finally returned so I finally get to read it, and I will likely enjoy looking through it as it looks like the kind of book I would greatly appreciate. Given that most of the big battles of the Hundred Years’ War were won by England over France: Crecy, Poitiers, and Agincourt, it is little surprise that English language historiography should predominate. I would be surprised, for example, for there to be a great demand for tourist guides for the Battle of Castillon, although it was an important and even decisive battle, although won by the French.
As is the case with the author’s previous work, this book divides the Agincourt Campaign into 5 tours that not only allow the reader to visit the site of the battle itself but also to follow the armies as much as possible. As someone who is not only interested in tactics but also questions of logistics and grand strategy, I tend to find this approach appealing as it allows someone to see the transportation networks as well as the desired outcomes of the campaign that led the armies to fight where they did and to march where they did. These are questions, I think, that many people do not even think to ask, but this book and others like it encourage travelers to appreciate the world in which historical armies marched and fought, and that is definitely something to appreciate. It is likely that the French tourism industry in Northern France is fine with English military tourists as well, or else this would be a much less popular endeavor and there would be much less market for a book like this one.
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