25 October 1415, Agincourt, France - level 3

25 October 1415, Agincourt, France - level 3

25-10-2011 14:00

The Battle of Agincourt was a major English victory against the French army in the Hundred Years' War. The battle was fought on Friday, 25 October 1415, near Agincourt in northern France. The commander of the English Army was the king Henry V. The English had only about 6,000 soldiers, most of them were archers. The French king, Charles VI, didn’t participate in the battle because of his illness and mental state. Instead of him, the commander of the French Army was Charles d’Albret. The French Army had about 36,000 soldiers, which means the French outnumbered the English 6:1. But the English Army still won. How was it possible?

The battle was fought in a narrow part of open land between two woods. It was raining and the terrain was difficult for the French knights, who had to walk instead of riding their horses. They were very heavy and walking on a wet ground was very difficult and tiring for them. They became very easy targets for the English archers. Only few English soldiers died while the French lost about 10,000 of their soldiers.

Later Henry V married the French king’s daughter and his son was made the next king of France.

Henry V became famous and William Shakespeare wrote a play about him.

The song in the video is about this battle.

Written by Hana

Interesting words: archer, participate, outnumber, knight.

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