Agincourt 600

A fascinating look at the history leading up to the Battle of Agincourt on October 25, 1415…

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
Henry V – William Shakespeare

History... the interesting bits!

220px-King_Henry_V_from_NPGToday is the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, when Henry V and his small ‘band of brothers’ defeated the French with only a few casualties.

The Review Blog are hosting an Agincourt weekend, in celebration of the great victory, for which I wrote an article looking into the origins of the Hundred Years War.

Here’s a snippet:

Commemorating Agincourt: The Hundred Years War and The Road to Agincourt

This Sunday, 25th of October 2015, marks the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. One of the greatest battles in English history, it epitomises the pinnacle of English successes against their traditional enemy, France, during the epic struggle of the Hundred Years War. But what started it all?

The origins of the Hundred Years War go back 200 years before its outbreak, to Henry II. His marriage to Eleanor of Aquitaine meant he was not only…

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