The Battle of Agincourt, on the 25th of October 1415, took place in northern France, near, what is now known as Azincourt.
Arguably, the most successful English military campaign ever, this battle was one of a number that took place during the period of what became known as the Hundred Years’ War (1337 – 1453)
This decisive Agincourt victory occurred, against the odds, as the English were out-numbered by 5 to 1.
The Battle of Agincourt began a new period in French history when Henry married the French King’s daughter and then Henry’s son, Henry VI, became heir to the French throne.
Henry took part in the hand-to-hand fighting, having led his troops into battle. The French King (Charles VI) did not lead the French army because of severe ill-health reasons.
The French were commanded by the French Constable, Charles d’Albret together with other French noblemen of the Armagnac party.
A major part of the English success was attributed to the use of the English longbow, which was deployed in large numbers, with archers from England and Wales forming a large part of the army.
The English victory at the Battle of Agincourt was immortalised in William Shakespeare’s play “Henry V”.