Based on the novel by Bernard Cornwell
Azincourt tells the story of a humble and brave archer, Nicholas Hook, who fights alongside his King, Henry V, in what was one of the bloodiest and most gruelling battles in the history of Europe. Hook is forced into exile after confronting an evil priest, Father Martin, and he is duly taken under the wing of the charismatic Sir John Cornwaille, under whose tutelage he becomes a first-rate archer. Sir John’s company subsequently travel to France as part of Henry’s zealous campaign to conquer it. During a siege on the city of Soissons, Hook saves a beautiful, young French nun, Melisande, from certain rape at the hands of French soldiers and she is duly welcomed into Sir John’s ranks. She and Hook fall in love and he promises to make her his wife.
As the final battle of Azincourt rages, with the English outnumbered by the French six to one, Hook must protect Melisande from the sexual advances of a vengeful Father Martin, and he must protect himself from the murderous intentions of Martin’s two sons. All the while Lanferelle draws closer, the finest knight in France. And Melisande’s father.
Bernard Cornwell, the writer of Azincourt and the hugely popular Sharpe series, has sold in excess of 20 million books during his career. Upon its release in late 2008, Azincourt spent 6 weeks in The New York Times Bestseller list and 12 weeks in The Sunday Times Bestseller list, three of which were at Number 1. Adapting the novel is screenwriter, Michael Hirst, who penned Academy Award© - winning Elizabeth for the big screen and who created The Tudors for television, which has to date won three Golden Globes© and multiple Emmys©.