So here’s #3 celebrating (yes, I said celebrating – I am English after all) the battle of Agincourt. The essential story being that King Henry V used fighting France to unite an increasingly dis-unified English nobility and legitimise his rule, but in the end it was the English longbow which once again meant an English army was able to beat a superior French one (and a lot of mud, but I couldn’t very well have draw mud… that would have been boring). You think Crecy and Poitier would have taught them the French their lesson!
From this French developed a fear of coming under heavy fire and a psychological problem about fighting battles which they should have won in years ending ’15 (ok, so neither of those points are true but as you’ll see on the 6th, 2015 is the anniversary of another French defeat – in which the weather played a role too). But the true significance of Agincourt was the affect it had on Henry’s prestige and ability to rule more than anything, and the effect it had on political unity in France.
However, Agincourt is perhaps best remembered through its depiction in Shakespeare’s play Henry V, which was subsequently turned into movies: a 1944 one starring Laurence Olivier where everyone looks like they’re having a holiday and a 1989 starring Kenneth Branagh where they most certainly don’t.
Either way, here it is: it’s been 600 years since the battle of Agincourt!