G.A. Henty novels are highly researched as well as drawn from his first-hand experiences of people, places, and events. From 1413-1415 the butcher?s guild, otherwise known as the ?White Hoods? of Paris, kept that city in a state of near anarchy. With a mad king, a virtual civil war between the houses of Orleans and Burgundy, and King Henry V of England claiming the French throne, there is plenty of opportunity for Guy Aylmer, a squire to Sir Eustace de Villeroy, to show his mettle in many a skirmish, finally winning his spurs at the lopsided victory of the English over the French at the Battle of Agincourt on October 25, 1415.