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The Battle Of Agincourt

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On the one hand, battle history is rather out of fashion; on the other hand, the one medieval battle that has received by far the most attention over the past few years is Agincourt, which has been the subject of three books since 2005. By 1415, that was almost equally true of the common man in England, especially among the prosperous yeoman class from which most of Henry?s archers were drawn. There are basically two reasonable ways of envisioning the English deployment at Agincourt. In addition to the men-at-arms and gros valets, the French army included a substantial number of archers and crossbowmen as well as other urban foot. The French vanguard and ?main division? were arrayed in tight, dense formations of about sixteen ranks each. The French effort to ride down the English archers failed miserably.

Keywords: Agincourt; England; English archers; French army; French vanguard; gros valets; medieval battle



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