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25/10/1415 - Agincourt!


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The Battle of Agincourt was fought on 25 October 1415 (Saint Crispin's Day), in northern France as part of the Hundred Years' War.

 

The armies involved were those of the English King Henry V and Charles VI of France. Charles did not command his army himself, as he was incapacitated. The French were commanded by the Constable Charles d'Albret and various prominent French noblemen of the Armagnac party. The battle is notable for the use of the English longbow, which the English used in very large numbers, with longbowmen forming the vast majority of their army. The battle was also immortalised by William Shakespeare as the centrepiece of his play Henry V.

 

 

 

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The battle of Agincourt is also reported to be the birthplace of the "two fingers" .

Andrea

 

 

As in those its reported the bowmen would loose, (ie cut off by the french), to stop them ever using a bow again

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Is Agincourt the first ever battle where firing (shooting) by rank was used? I am sure it was.

Incidently, the V sign, given by the English longbowmen, was a taunt to the French, inciting them to try and come and chop their fingers off.

That it became a worldwide crude gesture to tell someone where to go, is just brilliant. I often wondered if Churchill's V for victory, didn't have a deliberate, tongue in cheek, ambiguity.

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