Arrows Over Agincourt takes place in the early 1400s starting in England, though the majority of the book takes place in France. King Henry V leads his army across the English Channel to reclaim his land in France.
This historical fiction is depicted through the eyes of a young man who lives in a small village not far outside of London. He and his friend desire the spoils of war so they can return to their village and marry their sweethearts.
Through the main character you see the life of a soldier in King Henry’s army, endless marching, late nights standing guard, and more often than not poor food. You also see disease and sickness among the soldiers while they are trying to fight the French.
Our main character, Davy, and his friend Tom follow their king to France, facing a long siege and several skirmishes, all leading up to the battle of Agincourt.
Arrows over Agincourt is a historical fiction told in first person. You see the story through the eyes of Davy, an archer in King Henry’s Army. I enjoyed the closeness of the events in the story and the details of what the soldiers went through. I love how much history is told during the story, in each battle and fight with the French, and also all the great information on the people and times in which they take place.
Davy and his friend Tom are both faced with the reality of war. Davy is not sure if he is strong or brave enough until he actually has to be during the heat of the battle. They both come through the war and in my eyes they are heroes.
The battle of Agincourt is portrayed wonderfully. It is definitely the climax of the book.
If you enjoy history, you will enjoy this book.