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The Battle of Agincourt that took place on the 25th of October 1415 is a fascinating but controversial battle. As we commemorate the 600th anniversary of the battle, we will help you explore some of its facts, secrets and myths.  Over the anniversary year we will be posting questions and answering them in our blog.

 

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A few articles to whet your appetite:

Did Henry send archers to ambush the French at Tramecourt during the battle of Agincourt?

By Dan Spencer The accounts of the Burgundian chroniclers, Enguerrand de Monstrelet, Jean Waurin and Jean Le Fèvre (for more information about these writers click here) record that Henry ordered a small force of archers to ambush the French during the battle, with Monstrelet stating that: ‘Elsewhere the king of England sent about 200 archers behind his army so that they would not be spotted by the French. They secretly entered a meadow near Tramecourt, quite close to the rearguard of the French, and held themselves there secretly until it...
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‘For I am Welsh you know’ – Welshmen, Myth and Reality at Agincourt

By Dr Adam Chapman “Your majesty says very true: if your majestie is remembered of it, the Welshmen did good service in a garden where leeks did grow, wearing leeks in their Monmouth caps; which, your majesty knows, to this hour is an honourable badge of the service; and I do believe your majesty takes no scorn to wear the leek upon Saint Davy’s day.” Fluellen, Henry V, Act IV, Scene 7 One of the great popular images of the battle of Agincourt is that the majority of the ‘English’...
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How did Edward duke of York die at Agincourt?

By Dr Michael Jones Agincourt was an extraordinary English triumph. And one reason why Henry V’s victory stunned contemporaries was the huge discrepancy in casualties between the two sides: thousands suffered by the French and – if a majority of the chroniclers are to be believed – little more than a hundred lost by the English. The most prominent of these was Edward duke of York, commander of the English army’s vanguard. York was a personal friend of Henry, and dedicated a hunting treatise to him (the first book on...
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How did news of the battle spread around England?

By Dan Spencer News of the battle quickly reached England but how did it spread around the country? There is limited surviving evidence for this process, but the accounts of the bursar of Winchester College for 1415-6 include a payment of 6s 8d to a John Coudray, son of Edward Coudray, esquire of the Bishop of Winchester, for bringing news of the prisoners captured at Agincourt who were then conveyed to England with the king. The full entry reads: ‘Item given to John Coudray son of Edward Coudray, esquire of...
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