An Eyewitness account of the Battle of Agincourt. The young de Wavrin observed the battle from the French lines and we join his account as the two armies. Battle of Agincourt, St. Alban’s Chronicle by Thomas 1, × 1,; KB . Wikiquote(1 entry). edit. eswikiquote Batalla de Agincourt. Batalla de Azincourt o de Agincourt – Arre caballo!.

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Moving off on 1 August, the army marched north to the River Seinepossibly intending to attack Paris.

The Hundred Years War: This head-lowered position restricted their breathing and their vision. Previously, pitched battles in the medieval era had largely been decided by the massed charge of heavily armoured mounted knightsa widely feared force in their heyday.

Philip moved off with his army, attempting to entrap and destroy the English force. The Burgundians also recorded 4, archers and 1, crossbowmen in the “vanguard”, which would suggest “fourteen or fifteen thousand fighting men”.

Kingdom of France Kingdom of Bohemia. Edited by Edward Maunde Thompson. Bahalla estimate by Geoffrey the Baker deemed credible by Michael Prestwich states that 4, French knights were killed.

Shakespeare’s play presented Henry as leading a truly English force into battle, playing on the importance of the link between the monarch and the common soldiers in the fight. In other agincoudt Wikimedia Commons.

The heavy casualties taken by the French knightly class at the hands of peasants wielding atincourt weapons was indicative of the decline of chivalryand the emergence of a more practical, pragmatic approach to conducting warfare. Even though Henry knew as well as the French did that his army would perform better on the defensive, he was eventually forced to take a calculated risk, and move his army further forward to start the battle.

Views Read Edit View history. Moisne of Basle related the location and formation of the English forces.

Thomas of Burton reported 30, cavalry. However, it is clear that though the English were outnumbered, their losses were far lower than those of the French.

The Battle of Agincourt,

The French army blocked Henry’s way to the safety of Calais, however, and delaying battle would only further weaken his tired army and allow more French troops to arrive.


Immediately after the battle, Henry summoned the heralds of the two armies who had watched the battle together with principal French herald Montjoie, and they settled on the name of the battle as Azincourt after the nearest fortified place. Bynegotiations had ground to a halt, with the English claiming that the French had mocked their claims and ridiculed Henry himself.

Edward himself commanded the division behind, while the rear division was led by William de Bohun, Earl of Northampton.

Battle of Agincourt

Edward returned to England to raise more funds for another campaign and to deal with his political difficulties with the Scots, who were agiincourt repeated raids over the border. The exact size and composition of the English force is not known. Roach, Peter; et al.

Contemporary sources provide casualty figures for the French that are generally considered to be highly exaggerated. The English archers de-strung their bows to avoid the strings becoming slackened; the Genoese with their crossbows could take no such precautions, resulting in damage to their weapons. Beard Books, Washington, D. Agincourt was the name of a near-by fortress.

The Batakla, the Marshal, the admirals, and the other princes earnestly exhorted their men to fight the English well and bravely; and when it came to the approach the trumpets and clarions resounded everywhere; but the French began to hold down their heads, especially those who had no bucklers, for the impetuosity of the English arrows, which fell so heavily that no one durst uncover or look up.

This battle is notable for the use of batzlla English longbow in very large numbers, with the English and Welsh archers making up nearly 80 percent of Henry’s army.

The Battle of Agincourt: As it advanced, a sudden rainstorm broke over the field of atincourt.

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The battle is referred to several times — though never seen directly — in Michael Crichton ‘s science-fiction novel Timelinein which a group of archaeologists are transported back in time to fourteenth-century France. After the parley between the two armies was finished and the delegates had returned, each to their own people, the King of England, who had appointed a knight called Sir Thomas Erpingham to place his archers in front in two wings, trusted entirely to him, and Sir Thomas, to do his part, batall every one to do well in the name of the King, begging them to fight vigorously against the French in order to secure and save their own lives.


The field of battle was arguably the most significant factor in deciding the outcome. Edward I successfully used longbowmen to break up static Scottish schiltron formations at the Battle of Falkirk in agincohrt however it was not until Edward III’s reign that they were accorded greater significance in English military doctrine.

Macmillan,pp. The assault continued well into the night, agincourr the French nobility stubbornly refusing to yield. Thus far, only two Englishmen killed at the battle have been identified: Date 25 October Saint Crispin’s Day. Henry threatened to hang batwlla did not obey his orders.

On 19 AprilHenry again asked the Great Council to sanction war with France, and this time they agreed. Webarchive template wayback links Articles with short description Use dmy dates from May Coordinates on Wikidata Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from April Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August The army was organised into three “battles” or divisions: This was not strictly a feudal army, but an army paid through a system similar to the English.

The proportions also seem incorrect, as from surviving records we know that Henry set out with about four times as many archers as men-at-arms, not five and a half times as many. Philip met stiff resistance from his senior nobles, but decided that the attack would be made that day. Fording the Somme proved difficult: In Anne Curry ; Malcolm Mercer.

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