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  • Agincourt Anniversary.

    597 years ago today the battle of Agincourt was fought. I've been able to read several good books on the battle, and though number estimates vary considerably is was by any account a decisive English victory during the Hudred Years War. What is also interesting is the specific course of events which allowed that victory to be achieved. It could have easily gone the other way had conditions been different.




    I shall have to make some time to shoot my warbow today.

  • #2
    Great images. Here's my blog entry on the anniversary. http://bpardoe.blogspot.com/2012/10/...agincourt.html

    Blaine Pardoe

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    • #3
      Definitely one of my favorite periods in history! Thanks for sharing.
      TTFN

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        Well I'm ready to invade France!

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        • #5
          Well come to us, we will meet in Castillon or Formigny ...


          "To hell wars Grudges and parties ! As our fathers Sing in real friends, The clink of glasses Roses and lilies. The clink of glasses Roses and lilies."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by VieuxChat View Post
            Well come to us, we will meet in Castillon or Formigny ...


            Good point, there were plenty of French victories. The hundred years war was far from one sided indeed.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by VieuxChat View Post
              Well come to us, we will meet in Castillon or Formigny ...



              We in Britain tend to ignore the difference in capabilities between Henry VI and Charles VII. Charles tends to get bad press re the Joan of Arc affair, but did not get called Charles the Victorious for nothing. His handling of the Burgundians, enabling the subsequent and swift removal of English control of much of France, makes him one of the most gifted rulers in history imo. His Grande Ordonnance of 1445 marks him as a superior CinC as well.

              On May 26th, 1445 King Charles VII of France signed the Grande Ordonnance. This sanctioned certain mercenary captains and made them royal officers. These officers were paid by the King based on the number of soldiers they had fighting for them. Those mercenaries not sanctioned were effectively outlawed. Thus with this one law the French created a standing army responsible to the crown. The King then used this army to forcibly rid the countryside of those companies, which he had not sanctioned. This standing army, the first in Western Europe since the fall of Rome, enabled the French to drive off the English and effectively end the Hundred Years War.


              Charles VII: http://xenophongroup.com/montjoie/chas_vii.htm
              'Mercenaries': http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a443220.pdf
              How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic: http://grist.org/series/skeptics/
              Global Warming & Climate Change Myths: https://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php

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              • #8
                If you visit Agincourt you should go to the museum there its very enlightning and worth a visit.

                As for the French. They had two experienced veteran commanders in D'Albret and Bouccialaut. While the actual French battle plan for fighting the English Army was a sound plan.

                The problem was all the nobels who over rode the 2 above and ignored the plan and let themselves be provoked by the English volleys and rushed into to attack.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by llkinak View Post
                  Good point, there were plenty of French victories. The hundred years war was far from one sided indeed.
                  Those two victories were towards the end of the war. The first actual battlefield victory (as opposed to the capture of towns or small scale skirmishes) won by the French side was at the battle of Bague by the Franco/Scottish force.

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