Agincourt 600: Marking 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt.
In pursuit of his claim to the French throne, Henry V of England and an army of about 11,000 men invaded Normandy in August 1415. They took Harfleur in September, but by then half their troops had been lost to disease and battle casualties. Henry decided to move northeast to Calais, an English enclave in France, whence his diminished forces could return to England. Large French forces under the constable Charles I d’Albret blocked his line of advance to the north, however.
The French force, which totaled 20,000 to 30,000 men, many of them mounted knights in heavy armour, caught the exhausted English army at Agincourt (now Azincourt in Pas-de-Calais département). The French unwisely chose a battlefield with a narrow frontage of only about 1,000 yards of open ground between two woods. In this cramped space, which made large-scale maneuvers almost impossible, the French virtually forfeited the advantage of their overwhelming numbers. At dawn on October 25, the two armies prepared for battle.
You can find out more in many different ways with Hampshire Libraries…
As you would expect, we have many books available on the battle as well as the Hundred Years War and Henry V. A newly published book is “24 hours at Agincourt” by Michael K Jones. For an in-depth look at the famous longbow, try Robert Hardy’s “Longbow“. Search our catalogue for more titles.
We have many digital resources available from our eResources collection. For homework or study we have Britannica in three versions: Junior, student, and Adult. Credo Reference brings together many articles and illustrations about the Battle of Agincourt.
If you enjoy e-books, there is our Overdrive collection which has many books about Agincourt and the Hundred Years War available. Our Zinio digital magazine collection includes history magazines, including History Revealed.