Battle of Agincourt, 25 October, 1415

The English victory at Agincourt (Hundred Years War) was one of the most overwhelming, and unexpected, results of any battle. The English army led by Henry V had marched across northern France through something akin to Flanders mud, and was massively outnumbered by the fresher French army. As had happened before, the French squandered a dominant position, and attacked the English army across mud on a narrow front, without using their own archers and crossbowmen, and were routed. The losses were one hundred to the English and thousands to the French, including many of the greatest French aristocrats, many more of whom were taken prisoner, including Marshal Boucicaut. This victory helped establish Henry V as King of England, and allowed him to come close to his dream of uniting the French and English thrones
Henry V, Marcus Cowper. A military biography of Henry V, looking at his main campaigns and battles, his opponents, his reputation at the time and since and the primary sources for the events of his reign. Packs a lot of information into its 64 pages, and with the normal high quality selection of pictures and maps. [read full review]
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Agincourt: Myth and Reality 1415-2015, Stephen Cooper. Looks at a series of the most important issues that surround the battle of Agincourt and attempts to unravel the truth behind them. Aimed at reader with prior knowledge of the battle, this focused approach provides some convincing answers to key questions about the battle. A useful addition to the literature on this well-studied battle. [read full review]
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How to cite this article:Rickard, J (25 July 2000), Battle of Agincourt, 27 April 1296, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/agincourt.html

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