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By Juliet Barker

Waged nearly six centuries in the past, the conflict of Agincourt nonetheless captivates. it's the vintage underdog tale, and generations have puzzled how the English--outmanned by means of the French six to one--could have succeeded so bravely and brilliantly. Drawing on a variety of assets, Juliet Barker paints a gripping narrative of the October 1415 conflict among the outnumbered English archers and the seriously armored French knights. Populated with chivalrous heroes, dastardly spies, and a ferocious and impressive king, AGINCOURT is as earthshaking as its subject--and confirms Juliet Barker's prestige as either a historian and a storyteller of the 1st rank.

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Except that there is no shilling coin in the late 14th century. The smallest gold coins are the half-noble (3s 4d) and the quarter-noble (1s 8d), so if you have one each of these, you can make up the sum. Alternatively, you will have to make it up from the silver coins: groats (4d), halfgroats, pennies, halfpence and farthings (¼d). A miniature showing a bishop blessing a medieval market in France 32 A well-run market is crucial to the standing of a town, so it is heavily regulated. ” Most towns have between 40 and 70 regulations; anyone breaking them will be taken to the borough court and fined.

One of the map’s most important features is the network of red lines linking places, with distances between marked in Roman numerals. Indeed, this is the earliest surviving British map that provides such detailed information, though it might not have been the first to do so – the Gough Map was probably copied from a now-lost map made c1290. Given the resources needed to produce such maps, and the motivation required to do so, it’s likely that both were made for royal patrons who would undoubtedly have strategic reasons.

It is often consumed with wafers by the wealthy. 6 Sugar and spice The apothecary’s shop is well stocked with red and white jars of medicinal substances. In front, on the green cloth, are his mixing bowls, where he makes up medicine according to physicians’ prescriptions. The tall white cone on the right is sugar, which was regularly used as a spice. 7 The state of the roads As this image shows a 15th-century continental town (taken from the Livre de Gouvernement des Princes by Gilles de Rome), it is not surprising that the street is paved.

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