October 25 - 1415 - The Battle of Agincourt

The Battle of Agincourt is maybe the greatest military victory in English history, and deservedly so. Agincourt was a strategic master class by King Henry V of England against the French Army led by Constable Charles d'Albret. The famous story is that Henry's use of longbowmen against French knights created an advantage that allowed him to defeat a much stronger army. Actually, he was brilliant on every level, taking the better position on the field, limiting the French knights, and weakening the French Army's numerical superiority. After that, Henry retained possessions on French soil and gained the hand of Catherine of Valois, the French princess. Yet the meaning of Agincourt has always been more appropriately understood through historical memory and its remembrance in popular culture.

William Floyd