Henry V and the battle of Agincourt


Without Shakespeare’s play, the story of Henry V and the battle of Agincourt would probably be confined to university libraries and battlefield enthusiasts. In the great sweep of our national history it was soon forgotten - justly so. It achieved very little and the failure of the subsequent English campaigns in France can be said to have produced the chaos and pain of the so-called Wars of the Roses a generation later. The Bard was writing 184 years after the events he describes, and his sources were dubious to say the least. However he did create a national epic which occupies a place in patriotic English hearts which has never diminished. So what actually took place on the field of Agincourt on Friday, 25th of October 1415? That’s what I hope to tell you!