King Henry V
October 25th 1415 - 600 year anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt
Who would have thought there were two important battle anniversaries this year involving France and England - both ending with spectacular French defeats.
First of all, my inspiration was the famous St. Crispin’s day Speech delivered by Kenneth Branagh. www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAvmLD… This is the one piece of literature that convinced me that Shakespeare truly is the greatest English Writer. I stand by it, this is the most glorious speech in History!
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
So here we stand on Saint Crispins day 2015, 600 years after the battle of Agincourt where about 8000 English soldiers (6000 of them Archers) stood against a French Army of 12.000 – 40.000 men, and won. This battle is particularly interesting for everyone with an interest in Archery.
The one weapon most associated with this battle is of course the English longbow. Drawing about 120 – 150 lbs it was effective at a range of up to 300 m. The English would have their arrows rain down on the French in a storm, a tactic that decided several famous battles of the Hundred Years war.
DIE Motivationsrede schlechthin...!
I really love that guy, that battle is awesome to study and I love Shakespeare's play about it... needless to say: instant fave!!!!
Yes me too, after seeing the Kenneth Branagh Version this is now my favorite Shakespeare Play - and the History behind it is not less interesting. Especially for an archer like me.
So I am glad you like my tribute to this event!
In the middle ages bows decided many battles, and English in the 100 year war really capitalized on them, sadly so they could not win the war itself with em. Hnm btw will you once do a Jean of Arc drawing?
Arrrgh I should have read up on that battle this weekend, if only I haven't already packed away my book on decisive battles...
Yup Shakespeare is the God of British literature.
I got some nice books on longbow archery at the British Museum - and I also got a nice documentary on Agincourt, plus the BBC posted a really informative site today: www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zsxr82p
The Saint Crispinsday Speech convinced me that he is!
Yep Mongolians used the reflex bows too, but by the time thy came around Europe it was a tinny bit obsolete tech.
English and their long bows were really effective against the undisciplined French knights and yeah they were also rather cheap troops, but in the end unity proved even more effective, from the French side. Cool, she is a cool historical char.
Yeah I guess I should look one of those up, or should pack my book out of the box I have put it in...
It also always comes down to the tactic you use, be it Horse Archery or Longbow Archery. The use of Archery in battle was pretty diverse.
yes, after all its the year of anniversaries of battles that involved England and France and ended with french defeats - so the write time to unpack all your books on military History
Agreed, also depends on the environment. I would go with horse archers, that mobility is very much needed too.
Well XD I guess then I don't have any other choice, I have to unpack...
True, that is also the main problem I have with Lars Andersons famous archery video... because he fails to mention that there are many different archery styles and uses for archery. Plus his method would be soooooo useless in any real battle.
Gunners were a lot easier to optain and well in time guns become a lot more effective as well.
Still archery and sword fencing has a romantic and noble sumpremacy when it comes to war for a noble cause.
Though Charles VII, the French King won in Hundred Years' War eventually and he reestablished France, but he betrayed Joan. T . T(though she was killed by English and pro-English French!) however, fortunately, the Vatican proved that she was innocent and a martyr, and she became a Saint! ^^
I think and believe that Joan didn't hate English itself, because I had heard that Joan comforted the prisoners(the English soldiers, her enemy!), and she wept and prayed to them! and I have a British friend, she love Joan! hehehe! ^^
Thank you very much for the answer! ^^
ps:Sorry, I can't speaking English well!
That’s very interesting (since I am not really an expert on the History of the Hundred Years War)!
Yes, she was definitely a good motivator and figure of identification - a fitting saint!
That’s nice to hear I appreciate your comment very much
and btw, I think your English is excellent
Anyway, Thank you very much again! ^^
Thank you, I really liked our conversation.
You are welcome.
Oh, I didn't question the importance of this battle, yes it was interesting to see the superiority of archery against knights. The whole French tactic was changed after this defeat, so in a cynical/pragmatical point of view it was a necessary defeat to modernize the French army, even if at first it was considered as a God's punishment.
But the most memorable thing about this battle is the execution of the prisonners, even for the medieval standards it was considered as a shock and a barbarian act.
That is certainly correct, there are a lot of battles like that, like the Samnite Wars for the roman republican army. It was thanks to them that they realized that the phalanx was outdated. Same goes for how the phalanx got invented in the first place with the spartan defeat in the second messenian war.
Ah, yes, in the middle ages that was seen as a barbarian act.... in antiquity it was the most normal thing ever - thats something I noticed, the complete destruction of whole cities was something very common in antiquity but somehow not in the middle ages.
Did you know that there is an eve of battle speech for the Iraq war too? It was hold by Col. Tim Collins and written down by a journalist in shorthand. Later, the speech was dramatized for the TV series "10 Days of War". And on TV, Col. Tim Collins was play by Kenneth Brennagh too. Check it out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKkILS…
Wow, thank you, I did not know that. It seems Kenneth Branagh has a good taste for very dramatic and epic speeches, and he has a very good way of delivering them too.
Henery the Fifth he is, he is.
(And I ain't apologizing to nobody!)