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Thursday, 22 October 2015, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

Agincourt or Azincourt? Victory, Defeat, and the War of 1415

Dr Helen Castor


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In the year of the battle's 600th anniversary, Agincourt remains one of the most resonant names in the roll-call of English military history. Thanks to Shakespeare, the triumphant tale is embedded in our national psyche: the astonishing victory against overwhelming odds of Henry V's 'happy few' over the flower of French chivalry. But if we cry God for Harry, England and St George, we tell only half the story. What of those who cried God for Charles, France and St Denis?

The battle is set in its fifteenth-century context - when the outcome of military conflict was understood as the result of God's will - and unravels the implications of two contrasting narratives: English victory at Agincourt, and French defeat on the field they knew as Azincourt.

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Dr Castor is a Historian of Medieval England and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. 

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22 October 2015

Agincourt or Azincourt? Victory, Defeat, and the War of 1415
Dr Helen Castor

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