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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:

Renegade Scots?

One does not bite the hand that feeds; and in his Budget speech on 18 March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer did announce that £1 million would be spent by the Government on marking the 600th anniversary of Agincourt. However, it is remarkable that in the same speech George Osborne also said that Shakespeare had portrayed Agincourt as a time ‘when a strong leader defeated an ill-judged alliance between the champion of a united Europe and a renegade force of Scottish nationalists.’ This anachronistic jibe at the EU, the Labour...
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Can we follow Henry’s route today?

By Peter Hoskins The short answer is yes we can. We are fortunate that there are many contemporary reports of the campaign. There are some differences between these accounts, but by and large the main axis of advance of Henry’s army from his landing near modern Le Havre through Harfleur, on to the battlefield and then to Calais is well established. Much has, of course, changed over the centuries. Henry landed on the Normandy coast near what is now known as Sainte-Adresse, now part of the agglomeration of Le Havre...
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Did a Dog Fight at Agincourt?

By Dr Philip Morgan The well-known story that Sir Peter Legh of Lyme was wounded at the battle of Agincourt, and that his dog, a Lyme mastiff, stood over him for the remainder of the battle, probably originated in a family story attached to a piece of stained glass in a series of Labours of the Months, but was popularised during the rise Victorian dog fancying. Legh’s actual service at Agincourt and his later death after the siege of Meaux have been well known to historians, but have frequently been...
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How many French prisoners survived the massacre which took place at the battle of Agincourt?

By Dr Rémy Ambühl The infamous massacre of the French prisoners ordered by Henry V towards the end of the battle is a well-known episode. Beside any ethical issue, the circumstances still leave many questions unanswered. What can be said is that many a prisoner survived the killing. Estimations of numbers in French and English chronicles range from no less than 700 to 2,200. However, if there is one lesson that students in medieval history know all too well, it is the need to question figures provided by chroniclers. Fortunately,...
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