16 Sep, 2004 940 History of Europe

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Battle of Agincourt.”Owre kynge went forth to Normandy, With grace and myyt of chivalry; The God for hym wrouyt marvelously, Wherefore Englonde may calle, and cry Deo gratias: Deo gratias redde pro victoria.” The great victory was Agincourt as described in the Agincourt Carol, when the ‘happy few’ of the English army of King Henry V vanquished the French forces on St Crispin’s Day 1415. It is a battle that has resounded through the centuries and has been used by so many to mean so much. But how important was the battle in the strategic struggles of the time? What were the pressures at home that drove Henry’s march through France? And what is the cultural legacy of Agincourt?

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  • Anne Curry 4 episodes
    Professor of Medieval History at Southampton University
  • Michael Jones No other episodes
    medieval historian and writer
  • John Watts No other episodes
    Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Corpus Christie College, Oxford

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello. Our king went forth to Normandy with grace and might of chivalry.