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In Henry V as Warlord, acclaimed historian Desmond Seward sweeps away the myths and idolatry of Henry V to reveal a cruel, intolerant bigot who thirsted for victory at any cost. Seward shows the ruthlessness of the man who called himself "the scourge of God" when reproached for a massacre; exploited the dormant Hundred Years War for his own gains; and committed atrocities in battle. Henry V's blind ambition arose from his determination to prove his tenuous claim to the throne of England, which his father had usurped. Here, Seward argues that Henry V created a deep distrust between France and England that has lasted to this day.
"With precision, wit, and remarkable clarity, [Seward] chronicles the entwined lives of these 'half-savage squireens, scarcely more than peasants with coats of arms' through an all but unbelieveable saga of vanity, stupidity, and mindless greed." (The Washington Post Book World)
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.38(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.82(d)|
About the Author
Desmond Seward is a highly regarded historian of the late Middle Ages.
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The back cover of my Penguin edition doesn't do this book justice. Seward examines the reign of Henry V, focusing on his rule in France. Seward makes the argument that Lancastrian rule in France from 1417 to Henry's death in 1422 and the years after were a catastrophe for France. Henry was a consummate soldier and more than willing to mete out death to his enemies, seize property to suit his needs and without any consideration for its effects. Further, Seward demonstrates, Henry's protracted war of conquest in France effectively bankrupted his household and was beyond England's means to continue it. He also offers us some insight to Henry's character, though much of that is based on presumption drawn from the writings of contemporary chroniclers. Henry V As Warlord filled in a lot of the blank spaces in my knowledge and is a worthwhile addition to any Hundred Years War library.