Agincourt Places

Learn about places associated with the Battle of Agincourt.


A few articles to whet your appetite:


By Dan Spencer In 1414, Richard de Beauchamp, earl of Warwick, was appointed captain of Calais. His indenture specified that the garrison of the town in peacetime should consist of 40 mounted men-at-arms and 40 mounted archers, together with 200 men-at-arms and 200 archers on foot. In wartime these numbers were expected to expand to 160 mounted men-at-arms and 160 mounted archers, with 100 men-at-arms and 184 archers on foot. The garrison also included ‘scourers’ (mounted scouts), carpenters, masons and men to operate the artillery. The outlying castles of the...
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Kenilworth Castle: The King, the Castle and the Canon

By Geoff Hilton Kenilworth Castle, a Lancastrian fortress, became a palace when John of Gaunt built his magnificent Hall and State Apartments, with a fine kitchen. King Henry V was especially fond of Kenilworth Castle and his visits are recorded in a chronicle by John Strecche, a canon of nearby Kenilworth Priory.  Book Five of his History of England was in effect the first biography of the King and starts with a description of his character and talents. Strecche was probably writing for his students in the Priory and only...
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Wolvesey Castle, Hampshire

By Dan Spencer Central to Henry V’s pretext for war in 1415 was his claim of pursuing a just war against the French in support of his rights in France. In the parliament of November 1414, Henry had been advised to  send an embassy to France.  This was duly sent and arrived in Paris in February 1415, but although  the French were prepared to make territorial concessions, the English delegates felt that they lacked  the authority to accept the terms offered. Following the failure of the talks in March, the...
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Southampton, Hampshire

By Dan Spencer In the summer of 1415 all ships over 20 tons at London were ordered to assemble at Southampton to transport Henry V’s army to France. But Southampton had also been chosen by Henry as a location where some of his ships would be constructed. These works were carried out by William Soper, a wealthy burgess of the town (who later served as an MP and had an affair with the niece of his fellow MP!). On 20 February 1414 Soper received £100 in part payment for constructing...
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