Just outside the village of Agincourt in Picardy a small bedraggled English army defeated a French force between four and six times its size. French casualties ran into the thousands while the English lost at most just over one hundred men. For King Henry V, the battle secured eternal fame. Acclaimed historian Michael Jones offers a detailed analysis of what led to the French catastrophe, with particular emphasis on the use of English hunting tactics transferred to the battlefield.
Agincourt was an astonishing clash of arms, a pivotal moment in the Hundred Years War and the history of warfare in general. In August 1415, King Henry V claimed the throne of France and landed an army in Normandy. Two months later, outside the small village of Agincourt in Picardy, he was preparing for certain defear. On 25 Octover his exhausted, starving and ailing troops faced a far larger French army, whose soldiers were fresh for combat and determined to destory their opponents. But what was to take place in the following 24 hours, it seemed only the miraculous intervention of God could explain. Interlacing eyewitness accounts, background chronicle and documentary sources with a new interpretation of the battle's onset, acclaimed military historian Michael Jones takes the reader into the heart of this extraordinary feat of arms. He brings the longbowmen and knights to life, portrays the dilemmas of the commanders and shows the brutal reality on the ground, as archers seized swords, daggers and even mallets to beat their opponents, and heavily armoured men-at-arms sank into knee-deep mud in a bloody fight that astounded the courts of Europe.