Command: Henry V by Marcus Cowper

Why I Read It: I’ve had an interest in Medieval English history for some time.

Where I Got It: Review copy from the publisher via Audiobook jukebox (thanks!)

Who I Recommend This To: France and England had a lot of conflict during this time period and this book is very informative about those conflicts without bias.

Narrator: Jamie Glover

Publisher: Creative Content Ltd (2011)

Length: 2 hours 10 minutes

Series: Command Book 8

I don’t know why the cover shows Henry V so alabaster-white – he was out in the field a lot and probably had a decent tan. This was a very informative read and it fed my brain well. Henry V lived from 1386 to 1422 and fought in several battles, mostly against France. Marcus Cowper tells the life of Henry simply, lays out the politics of the time in a straight-forward manner, and covers the big events in an unbiased way.

Henry V was known for his military leadership in his day, before and after his controversial decision to slaughter the captured French after the battle of Agincourt. After nearly conquering France, he signed a treaty that made him heir apparent to France and wed the French king’s daughter. Unfortunately, he died relatively young, which always makes history-tourists scratch our heads and wonder how Europe would have been different had he lived to a ripe old age.

Jamie Glover was a good choice for this book, providing an authoritative voice. He also pronounced the French names and words with alacrity.

What I Liked: Simple, easy to follow; laid out in timeline fashion; I absorbed a fair amount of the information on the first listen.

What I Disliked: Alas, there are no maps in audiobooks.

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