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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:

D-Day 1415: Can we know the size of Henry V’s Fleet in 1415?

By Dr Craig Lambert On 11 August 1415 a large fleet slipped out of the Solent and headed to the Chef de Caux. As the fleet sailed past the Isle of Wight swans swam amongst the ships, a good omen.[1] On board these vessels were approximately 12,000 men, including Henry V who was aboard his ship the Trinite Roiale.[2]  The size of the army indicates this was a large fleet. Raising the fleet Raising such a fleet to transport 12,000 soldiers with equipment and horses was a complex process underpinned...
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How did the city of London celebrate Henry’s return?

By Dan Spencer On 23 November 1415, Henry returned to the city of London in triumph with the Corporation of London putting on extravagant displays of pageantry to celebrate the king’s victory. This evidently made a deep impression on contemporaries, with the chronicler Walsingham stating that the reception of the king was so brilliant and varied that it would require a special treatise to record it adequately. Fortunately detailed descriptions of the celebrations do survive from chronicles, including the Gesta Henrici Quinti (1417), the Chronicle of Adam Usk (1421), and...
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What equipment was supplied to members of the royal household for the 1415 campaign?

By Dan Spencer In the medieval period when a king went to war he was accompanied by a large number of men from his household. These included the knights and esquires of his chamber who waited on him, as well as officials and servants who fulfilled the different functions necessary for the running of the royal household. We know that in 1415 many of these men served on the campaign. The men from the royal household who served as men-at-arms were generally expected to provide their own equipment. However they...
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What was the Hundred Years’ War?

By Dan Spencer This is the traditional description given to a period of conflict between England and France during the years 1337 to 1453. Starting with the attempted confiscation of the English-held Duchy of Gascony in 1337 and ending with the final expulsion of the English from Gascony in 1453. Yet the name is misleading as it was not one continuous war and it covers a 116 year period! This was a term invented by French historians in the early nineteenth century.  Furthermore the origins of the conflict stretched back...
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