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date: 07 October 2022

Agincourt, battle of, 

Source:
A Dictionary of British History
Author(s):

John Cannon,

Robert Crowcroft

1415.Henry V landed in France on 13 August 1415, laying siege to Harfleur. As the town held out until 23 September, and his army was much depleted, he decided to return forthwith to England via Calais. The French army, perhaps over 20,000 strong, attempted to block his approach to Calais. Henry had little choice but to give battle on 25 October though he now had only about 900 men‐at‐arms and 5,000 archers. He drew up his troops, all on foot, within 300 yards of the enemy, across a narrow front bordered by trees, with archers on the flanks. The French cavalry charged into this funnel, hampered by volleys of arrows and by the wet ground. Many were killed or captured, amongst them the duke of Orléans.... ...

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