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New Medieval Books: Agincourt: Battle of the Scarred King

Agincourt: Battle of the Scarred King

By Michael Livingston

ISBN: 978 1 4728 5520 6

A look at Henry V’s victory at the Battle of Agincourt (1415), one of the key clashes in the Hundred Years’ War. The author offers a new interpretation of exactly where the battle took place, which in turn, gives new insights into how the fighting unfolded.


In this book I will try to be transparent, if you will, about my own lenses. One of them, you should know straight off, is that I’m often as interested in how we know as I am in what we know. So the story I want to tell isn’t just a ground-shifting new history of Agincourt. It will also be a story about the making of that story. Amid the talk of blood and guts will be discussions of manuscripts and archives as well as landscape and memory. To my mind, we can’t have either one without the other.


Who is this book for?

Medieval military historians will want to consider the arguments raised in this book, in particular moving the battlefield from its traditional location to another spot – if true, it has important implications for how the battle took place. Those interested in the Hundred Years’ War or history in general will enjoy reading this account.

The author

Michael Livingston teaches at The Citadel and is the author of numerous books on medieval history as well as fiction novels. You can learn more about Michael on his website, or follow him on Twitter @medievalguy.


He is also the co-host of Bow & Blade, a podcast hosted on, and they have a recent episode on the Battle of Agincourt:

In explaining why he wanted to do this book, Michael says, “Archaeologist Tim Sutherland has repeatedly raised legitimate questions about where the battle of Agincourt was fought. So as I was finishing my work on Crécy it made sense to turn to its more famous neighbor and see what there was to learn — turns out there was a lot!”

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