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Agincourt My Family, the Battle and the Fight for France by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, OBE

Agincourt My Family, the Battle and the Fight for France


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Ranulph Fiennes reveals the truth and the myths surrounding Agincourt using family history to add to our understanding of the battle and its aftermath. Three Fiennes ancestors fought at Agincourt, their stories are woven into this new perspective on the battle.

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Agincourt My Family, the Battle and the Fight for France by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, OBE

25 October 2015 is the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt - a hugely resonant event in English (and French) history. Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on this epic event, revealing that three of his own ancestors fought in the battle for Henry V, and at least one for the French. This is a unique perspective on Agincourt from a trained and decorated soldier. Ran reveals the truth behind the myths and legends of the battle. He tells how after the battle Henry V entertained his senior commanders to dinner, where they were waited on by captured French knights. There is the story of Sir Piers Legge of Lyme Hall, who lay wounded in the mud while his mastiff dog fought off the French men-at-arms. Then there is the legend that the French intended to cut off the first and second right hand fingers of every captured archer, to prevent him from using his bow. The archers raised those two fingers to the advancing French as a gesture of defiance. In this gripping new study Sir Ranulph Fiennes brings back to life these stories and more, including those of his own ancestors, in a celebration of a historical event integral to English identity.


Fiennes, arguably our greatest explorer...has delved deep into history to tell the story of his family's epic journey. * The Times *

About the Author

Ranulph Fiennes was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE). One of Britain's most infamous explorers, he has raised over 14 million for charity and was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards. In 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes favourite books are:

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
This Game of Ghosts by Joe Simpson
Across The Top of the World by Wally Herbert

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Publication date

25th September 2014


Sir Ranulph Fiennes, OBE

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Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


336 pages


Military history
War & defence operations
European history
Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500



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