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At Agincourt: White Hood of Paris

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

The story begins in a grim feudal castle in Normandy. The times were troubles, and soon the king compelled Lady Margaret de Villeroy, with her children, to go to Paris as hostages. Guy Aylmer went with her.

Paris was turbulent. Soon the guild of the butchers, adopting white hoods as their uniform, seized the city, and besieged the house where our hero and his charges lived. After desperate fighting, the white hoods were beaten and our hero and his charges escaped from the city, and from France.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .king good his cause against his enemies.

In a short time, indeed, the English from Calais, and from other places held by them in France, began to make sorties and to carry off much plunder from the country round, and especially took by storm the Castle of Banelinghen near Ardres, notwithstanding the truce that prevailed. The intentions of the King of England were made still more manifest by his writing a letter to the Flemish towns, saying that, having heard that the Duke of Burgundy was gathering an army of Flemings to march into Aquitaine to wage war upon and destroy his subjects, and particularly his very dear and well-beloved cousins the Dukes of Berri, Orleans, and Bourbon, and the Counts of Alençon and Armagnac, and the Lord d'Albreth, he therefore begged them to inform him whether they were willing to conform to the truce concluded between them and England without in any way assisting their lord in his wicked purpose.

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Community Reviews

A tale of the White hoods of Paris. Love the history, fictional characters are a little cheesy but it doesn't matter if you love the history. I read these quite a while ago. I am planning to read them all. I have about 36 of his books so far.

Someone mentioned this in passing
and it was an unexpected pleasure
after I had tried the sample

Call it a coming of age
or an historical romance
but maybe just a wonderful
good guys vs. bad guys tale
with France vs. France
and France vs. England
in the 15th Century thrown in

Superheroes back then
used swor...more

Really enjoy learning this bit of history with the historical fiction of GA Henty. Great book to read and inspired me to read Henry V.

I listened to an audiobook. I enjoyed the story but not the reader.

The story of Guy Aylmer, a young 17 year old esquire and man-at-arms, whose leige lord, Sir Eustace, is a knight with castles and allegiances in both England and France during the Hundred Years' War. Guy's father is castelain over Sir Eustace's lands in England when Sir Eustace is away in France....more

This novel really reads like it is two novels in one. The story is good but I kind of wish the English vs the French was more of the book.

I listened and read it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel

This was a very chivalrous, well written story set in the middle ages. It kept a reader immersed in the period by consistently using language and culture of that era. There were no lapses into modern ideals, so a reader didn't have to struggle against anachronisms....more

A jolly Victorian romp through France and Paris during the French civil war of the 1400s, with, despite the title, only a passing reference to Agincourt. An easy read that just about transfers to the modern audience.

Really enjoyed this story. One of those nice ones where everything goes perfectly, tying up into a wonderfully happy ending... ;) Excellently portrays the nobility, courage and respect for authority fitting in a young man - taught me more than a discourse on the subject could have!

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