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By Juliet Barker

ISBN-10: 0316015040

ISBN-13: 9780316015042

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 via the French six to one--could have succeeded so bravely and brilliantly. Drawing on quite a lot 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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Fra Placido Cinozzi attended from hopeful start to disappointing finish and said that fra ≥∏ The Making of a Prophet Girolamo’s gestures and pronunciation pleased almost no one; by the time Lent was over fewer than twenty-five men, women, and children remained. In Florence a preacher who failed to master the worldly arts of eloquence courted popular apathy. ≤≠ In thrall to his preaching vocation, Savonarola did not, in fact, return to Lombardy. He probably could not have done so had he wanted to.

1). Then, led into the port of religion, he found safety, that is, salvation, tranquility, and liberty. Liberty, he explained, meant being able to do what one wanted to do. In the convent he wanted to do nothing other than what he was told and commanded to do, so he was free. Had he merely cultivated his new-found tranquility he would never have wanted to become a priest, but now he ‘‘allowed’’ himself to be led into the priesthood so that he could minister to others. ‘‘And thus, having entered into this happy port, I looked into the waters of the sea of this world and I saw many fish swimming through its waters.

And although he was living in one of the wealthiest, culturally vibrant, and (despite the decline of freedom during the Medici years) proudly republican city-states in all Italy, in these works he has next to nothing to say about Florence, yet he must have had Florence in mind when he expressed strong distaste for commerce on both moral and political grounds. Unlike some earlier Dominican preachers in the city, most notably Archbishop Antoninus,∞∞ this enemy of materialism in all its forms had no praise (either then or later) for the vaunted Florentine talent for industry and banking, certainly none for the notion that the Florentines had an imperial destiny.

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