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25th October

agincourt

1415, The Battle of Agincourt took place

What was the Battle of Agincourt?

The battle was between the French and English during the one hundred years’ war, approximately 40 km from Calais.  French forces were numerically superior but it was the English who gained an unexpected victory, so much so that it changed the phase of the war, boosted English morale and honour. King Henry the 5th led his soldiers into battle, the French were led by French nobleman.

Why did the English win?

80 % of Henry’s army was equipped with the English Longbow, the vast numbers of these archers were able to rain down a barrage of arrows with devastating effect on the French cavalry. This was the beginning of the end to the types of open warfare with the introduction of such weapons.

 

 

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