Azincourt by Bernard Cornwall

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Azincourt by Bernard Cornwall

Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:34 pm

Harper collins 2008. I bought it cheap in Asda. Dimly aware that Cleggy mentioned it some time back.
I am not a big fan of Cornwall, in fact to be honest I think his work is a load of cliched shite, but I percevered with this and found myself to be pleasently surprised.
Yes it is still jingoistic (especially the afterward), yes the central character, like all of his characters is essentially Sharpe in hose, yes he still has to work out his issues with organised religion (especially the Catholic Church which I am convinced is an institution he detests), but at least he doesn't mention pockets and he does manage to create an illusion of realism that I could sink into.
I enjoyed the scenes set around Harfleur much more than that of the battle itself.


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Re: Azincourt by Bernard Cornwall

Postby Ghost » Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:47 am

......and for those that don't like books its comming to a movie cinema near you soon


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Re: Azincourt by Bernard Cornwall

Postby Brother Kevfael » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:01 pm

Realistic? :worried: You want to try wandering around with a cocked and loaded crossbow in a sack .....?



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Re: Azincourt by Bernard Cornwall

Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:09 pm

I never said it was realistic (the crossbow is not loaded and does stick at first because it has been held at full tension for so long though) I said I could ignore the inaccuracies and thus percive it as being accurate. I also said it didn't mention men (or women) putting stuff into pockets, not once, which is a bug bear of mine as so many supposedly aucrate authors mention them.
He does still think that the Great Schisim is in place a year after its resolution, if that makes you feel better.


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Re: Azincourt by Bernard Cornwall

Postby Allan Harley » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:13 pm

Ask the questions - does this popularise your period, can you then tell people what is right and what isn't?

If yes to both then he's doing a good job - it is Sharpe in hose

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Re: Azincourt by Bernard Cornwall

Postby Master Jarvis » Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:09 pm

Evening all

I would just like to say that I really enjoyed Cornwell's book. I do think that it's a bit harsh to point ou all the innacuracies in it- it isn't intended as a history textbook, but as a novel.

After all, Cornwell is not paid as a historian, but as an author. One or two slight innacuracies over the whole of a novel, which are apparent to only a very small percentage of readers, do not mar the work. This is proved by the fact that, without doubt, he is a popular and widely published author- who on this forum can claim to be as successful an author? (Apologies if you are.)

We all specialise. Cornwell is an author who dips into history. A historian who dipped into writing would not be so successful.

And anyway, any publicity (unless grossly innacurate) for the medieval era is good publicity, right?


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Re: Azincourt by Bernard Cornwall

Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Mon Nov 23, 2009 2:58 pm

Well I just about said that didn't I, there are mistakes in the story but overall I was able to ignore them and just enjoy the book.
I don't always think that any publicity is good publicity and my own feeling is that Cornwall probably ignored the fact that Sigismonds great church council had persuaded one of the claiments to step down and because the other two had gone off in a huff made the council rule that their posts were illegal and that until a new pope could be elected a commisary made up of cardinals would run the church as much because it wouldn't fit his jandiced view of the Catholic Church as it being bloody confusing.


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Re: Azincourt by Bernard Cornwall

Postby Master Jarvis » Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:25 pm

I must admit that he has a strange dislike for organised religion.


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