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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:

How were the French prisoners killed at Agincourt?

By Professor Anne Curry We have an important reminiscence by Ghillebert de Lannoy, lord of Willerval, who was taken prisoner at the battle. His lordship was in the Pas-de-Calais 8km to the north of Arras and 50 km to the south east of Azincourt. He was therefore one of many men from the area who served at the battle. In 1415 he was 29 years old and chamberlain to Philip, count of Charolais. Philip was the eldest son of John the Fearless, duke of Burgundy, and became duke of Burgundy...
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How did news of the battle of Agincourt reach England?

By Dan Spencer News of the battle would have been eagerly awaited across England. Thousands of men from all across the country were serving with the king and concern would have been felt for their wellbeing. Large sums of money had been procured by taxation for the raising of the expedition, with many of the major towns as well as individuals having contributed loans for the war effort; they therefore had a financial stake in the success of the venture. Henry V was therefore keen to report on his successes....
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How did the city of London react to news of the battle?

By Dan Spencer On Friday 25 October 1415 a ‘lamentable report, replete with sadness, and cause for endless sorrow, had alarmed the community throughout all the City’. This was a rumour, recorded in the official records of the city known as the Letter-Books, that the movements of the king and his army ‘lay shrouded in mystery’. After which the citizens were ‘ardently athirst, in expectation to hear some encouraging news of the success of the royal expedition’. This was to come four days later. News of the battle reached London...
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Did it rain at the battle of Agincourt?

By Professor Anne Curry No chronicle tells us that it was raining during the battle but some English and French chronicles comment on heavy rain during the night of 24-25 October. Three English narrative accounts mention rain. The Gesta Henrici Quinti, an account written by a priest accompanying Henry’s army, tells us that once it was clear the French were not going to give battle as soon as the English had arrived in the area on 24 October, the king moved his men to a hamlet ‘where we had houses,...
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