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In the year of the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt, Jonathan Sumption comes to Bath to showcase the eagerly anticipated fourth volume in his majestic and prize-winning history of the Hundred Years War, Cursed Kings.
Cursed Kings tells the turbulent story of fifteenth century France. Torn apart by the madness of its King and the greed and violence of his family, France had gone from being the strongest and nation state of medieval Europe to complete internal collapse, and partial conquest by a foreign power.
Into the void left by this domestic catastrophe strode one of the most remarkable rulers of the age. Henry V of England, the victor of Agincourt, who had conquered much of northern France and looked set to take the throne.
Not until its invasion by Germany during the Second World War would France suffer so grave a fate, and few can bring this tumultuous period of terror, conquest and warfare to life like Sumption.