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Location of the Battle of Agincourt

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The story of Agincourt and King Henry’s plans to substantiate his claim on the French throne across a narrow muddy, recently tiled field with an army starved, march weary and suffering from sever dysentery is a powerful tale of true chivalry and bravery over arrogance.

These days the field itself is covered in tall grasses and some of the woods that hemmed the battle in and affected the outcome are gone but it is still a place of commemoration steeped in the legend of the great battle. While the original museum at Agincourt left a lot to be desired the current exhibition is excellent and features concise information presented in an interesting and varied style that will be enjoyable to both pernickety historians and families. There are mannequins dressed in battle garb with projected faces, which though a little alien will definitely help keep children interested, a scale model of the battlefield and several very interesting relics. Obviously the best time to visit is in October when battle commemorations are held.

The story of the Battle of Agincourt:

Henry, the leader of a powerful and disciplined force had set of for France in what records tell us was a fleet of 1500 ships after the French had launched repeated raids on the British coast line. Henry was confident his excellent archers could easily defeat the French, however once the British arrived they suffered a series of set backs and on the eve of the final battle, Henry and only a small portion of his men, five thousand archers and nine hundred men at arms, who had been marching for more than a fortnight after setting off with food enough for only eight days gathered on the edge of the field in total silence. Historians say that it wasn’t only the exhaustion of the men and the almost certainty that they were going to die in battle the following day that made them silent, Henry was also threatening to cut of the ears of those who spoke. On the other side of the field, the French force of almost thirty thousand made merry, shouted insults at the English and planned which of the English nobility they planned to capture would be worth the greatest bounty.

On the day of the battle both forces were ready early and stood facing each other off separated by about a thousand yards. Henry knew his forces would only become weaker the longer they waited to fight whilst there was some consideration in the French camps for a plan to wait for the English to starve without fighting them. At around eleven in the morning, while the French forces, lacking discipline, were starting to wander from their formations, Henry’s forces moved.

England’s archers were one of Henry’s strengths and the barrage of arrows they fired into the disorganised French rabble was to set the tone for the rest of the battle. The following French cavalry charge was a disaster, as was the first charge of French men at arms who had to squeeze their ranks through the narrowest part of the field in reach the English lines which meant they had little room to fight when they encountered the line. The rapidly falling French bodies against the English line created obstacles for the supporting waves to negotiate and the heavily armoured men at arms fighting through thick mud and with little space fell victims to the English archers who picked up the weapons of the fallen French and in small groups began to surround them.

Surrendered French prisoners began to out number the English forces and fearing they would don fallen weapons Henry ordered prisoners to be slaughtered. This instilled fear into the as yet un-mobilised third French line who dispersed, leaving Henry the victor able to continue his campaign and in 1420 to become regent to the French throne.

Written by  Anthony Harrison.

Other expert and press reviews

“Excerept from 'The New Batlle of Agincourt'”

By Frédérique Roussel for The Guardian First published April 5, 2004 The English attack at Agincourt on October 25 1415, was unrelenting. In this little Pas-de-Calais village of 290 souls, the English archers, led by Henry V, rained arrows upon the Fre… Read more...

Written by press. Full Article from The Guardian

“Excerpt from 'Times Arrows'”

By Anne McHardy for The Guardian, First published October 27, 2001 Agincourt is famous in British cultural memory as the battle when King Henry V proved that he had put behind him the youth he misspent with Falstaff. To the French it is Azincourt, the … Read more...

Written by press. Full Article from The Guardian

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From the Calais ferry terminal take the E15 and head towards Paris. After 3.2 miles continue straight on, do not take the slip road to the right onto the E40/A16 heading west towards Boulogne. Continue straight on the L'Autoroute des Anglais E15/A26 towards Paris at the next slip road, do not take the E40/A16 heading east towards Dunkerque.

Follow the L'Autoroute des Anglais E15/A26 for 11 miles then take the exit. At the end of the slip road turn right onto the D217, under the L'Autoroute des Anglais and then turn right onto the D943 towards Nordausques. Follow the D943 for 6.5 miles to a roundabout.

At the first roundabout take the first exit and continue on the D943 for another 2 miles to a second roundabout. At this roundabout take the second exit onto the Rocade Saint-Omar-Arques D942 and after 2 miles take the slip road to the D928, turn left onto the D928 at the junction.

Follow the D928 for 2.5 miles to a third roundabout at which you continue straight on, second exit. Follow the D928 under the L'Autoroute des Anglais E15/A26 to the fourth roundabout and continue straight on, second exit, remaining on the D928. After a furhter 0.75 miles continue straight on, second exit, at the fifth roundabout. A the sixth roundabout continue straight on, third exit, remaining on the D928 for a further 4.5 miles to the seventh roundabout. At the seventh roundabout continue straight on, second exit, for a further 2 miles to the eigth and final roundabout. At this roundabout continue straight on, second exit. After a further 1 mile turn left into Azincourt leaving the D928 on the Rue Charles VI and follow this road to the Agincourt Visitor's Centre and Museum. Park in the museum carpark.

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Thanks for the very detailed directions!

how do i go about traceing my family back to the battle of agincourt please

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There's a blue map button in the right hand column I think?

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