Review: A very thorough and detailed history of England's involvement in France.
I have mainly read about the Tudors and related people during the 16th century. While that is a fascinating subject (Henry the Eighth did have six wives after all), there is so much to that time period. It was a time of religious upheaval and shifting alliances. Conquest is expensive, more expensive than I had ever dreamed. And hard too. You may have the money, but you may not have the needed troops or vice versa. Supplies are always needed and can you keep your troops in line.
Conquest provides an incredibly detailed history. I get the feeling that Barker included all possible information that she possibly could. Fact after fact are fact is provided. I learned quite a lot about this time period and am eager to learn more. I plan on reading Barker's Agincourt so I can learn what brought about this series of events. This book could get a bit dry at times and I sometimes had a hard time keeping track of all the people and players. I would have liked a glossary although the chronology of events is very useful. One of the coolest facts I learned was that Joan of Arc's popularity only lasted a couple of years.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy history, especially English or European history.