"Henry V" by Christopher Allmand

Henry V Christopher Allmand

The English Monarchs Series
Publication date:
31 May 2011
Yale University Press
480 pages: 235 x 159mm
30 b-w illus.


Thanks in part to Shakespeare, Henry V is one of England's best-known monarchs. The image of the king leading his army against the French, and the great victory at Agincourt, are part of English historical tradition. Yet, though indeed a soldier of exceptional skill, Henry V's reputation needs to be seen against a broader background of achievement.

This sweepingly majestic book is based on the full range of primary sources and sets the reign in its full European context. Christopher Allmand shows that Henry V not only united the country in war but also provided domestic security, solid government, and a much needed sense of national pride. The book includes an updated foreword which takes stock of more recent publications in the field.

"A far more rounded picture of Henry as a ruler than any previous study."--G.L. Harris, The Times

Christopher Allmand was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Liverpool. Among his publications is The Hundred Years War: England and France at War, c.1300-c.1450.