Henry V as Warlord

USA 2014 (Pegasus); England, 1987 (Sidgwick & Jackson, History Book Club); 2001 (Penguin paperback); 2013 (Thistle Publishing paperback and e-book)
USA, 1988 (Viking and History Book Club of America – main choice); 1996 (Eastern Press – collectors’ edition); 1999 (Books on Tape)
Translation, 1996, Russian (Russitch)
Idolized in his lifetime and immortalized by Shakespeare, Henry V is the military genius whose armies crushed the French at Agincourt against huge odds, and who went on to conquer north-western France, marrying the king’s daughter and becoming heir and regent. But Desmond Seward sweeps away the myths and idolatry to reveal Shakespeare’s hero-king as a cruel, intolerant bigot. He shows the ruthlessness of a man who called himself ‘the scourge of God’ when reproached for massacring French Christians: how he slaughtered prisoners of war, and whose blind ambition arose from his determination to prove his tenuous claim to the throne of England usurped.
Henry V, argues Seward, created a distrust between England and France that has lasted to this day.

‘a very readable book and full of good things .. the portrait is wonderfully done’
Daily Telegraph

‘reflects some of the latest scholarly research on the king.’
Spectator