Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England by Juliet Barker

By Juliet Barker

Waged virtually 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 resources, 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 ambitious 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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22 A precise detailing of the fortunes and sorrows of individual Jewish communities in North Africa is not, however, necessary for the purpose of this book. From the little that is available from Arab historians and extant Jewish texts, together with the available nineteenth century records, an overall picture emerges of Jewish life in the Dark Ages under Islam and of Moslem attitudes that shaped Jewish life in those days. 5 The Status of the Jews under Islam The Attitude of Islam toward the Jews The attitude of Islam toward the Jews was based in large measure on a zealous devotion to what they considered the true will of their God.

Part 2 The Rule of Jslam 4 The Moslem Conquest of the Maghreb: 642–ca. 900 Berber and Jewish Resistance to the Arabs The conquering wave of the followers of Mohammed poured out from Medina and began to engulf North Africa in 642. In that year the Arab governor of Egypt, Amr ibn Al-As, seized Cyrenaica and Tripolitania. Caliph Omar feared to provoke the Berbers1 who were viewed as unconquerable warriors, seasoned as they were by a century of combat against Byzantium, but Amr’s successor, Abdallah ibn Saad, overcame his apprehension.

The wars between them and the Arabs lasted into the ninth century, ending only when the Berbers, now Moslems, had driven the last of the Arabs from North Africa. They seized Tripolitania and Egypt, continued into Mesopotamia, overthrew the Caliphate and established the new Fatimid dynasty. Kahena For the purposes of this history it is unnecessary to recount the details of the long wars between the Berbers and the Arabs, but the episode involving the warrior-priestess Kahena (or Kahiya),2 heroine of the Berber resistance and famous for her supernatural powers, is worth recalling.

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