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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Crécy by Michael Livingston, read by Rupert Farley.

A groundbreaking new study of the battle of Crécy, in which the outnumbered English under King Edward III won a decisive victory over the French and changed the course of the Hundred Years War.

The battle of Crécy in 1346 is one of the most famous and widely studied military engagements in history. The repercussions of this battle were felt for hundreds of years, and the exploits of those fighting reached the status of legend. Yet cutting-edge research has shown that nearly everything that has been written about this dramatic event may be wrong.

In this new study, Michael Livingston reveals how modern scholars have used archived manuscripts, satellite technologies and traditional fieldwork to help unlock what was arguably the battle’s greatest secret: the location of the now quiet fields where so many thousands died.

Crécy: Battle of Five Kings is a story of past and present. It is a new history of one of the most important battles of the Middle Ages: a compelling narrative account of the battle of Crécy that still adheres to the highest scholarly standards in its detail. It is also an account that incorporates the most cutting-edge revelations and the personal story of how those discoveries were made.

©2022 Michael Livingston Foreword © Bernard Cornwell 2022 (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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  • Categories: History

Critic Reviews

"Like Crécy itself, this book is a triumph and the tale it tells gives an old story new life." (Bernard Cornwell, bestselling author of The Last Kingdom series)

"There are master conflict analysts. There are master storytellers. There are master historians. Only once in a lifetime do you find all three skills at the highest level in a single person. Crécy: Battle of Five Kings is what you get when that person writes a book." (Myke Cole, author of Legion Versus Phalanx and The Bronze Lie)

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Presents alternative battle site seemingly building to a reveal of archeological corroboration but left hanging.

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Great story

I couldn’t stop listening. Excellent story telling and explanation of historical detective work. Wonderfully executed.

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A fascinating detailed telling of battle

A great telling of one of medieval battles. Also a good explanation of how even historians can hit the target but still miss the bullseye of location. Not to be missed. A through enjoyable read also an excellent audio book. Read by an Englishman. I have e book and audio book.

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  • 06-28-22

Very good

Full of new information with sources. Was not a book just full of assumptions well read