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Azincourt: Medieval History Centre and battlefield (1415)

Henry V on the eve of battle of Agincourt
Hear Henry V speak on the eve of the battle of Agincourt!
Azincourt Medieval History Centre (battle of Agincourt)
The new centre at Azincourt - the Battle (known as 'Agincourt' by the English) marked the beginning of the end for the medieval knight in armour

Where Henry V won on St.Crispin’s Day
Thanks perhaps to Shakespeare’s version of Henry V’s speech to rouse his tired and out-numbered troops on the eve of battle, the long-distant Battle of Agincourt is still remembered:

This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall see this day, and live old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say, "To-morrow is Saint Crispian."
Then will he strip his sleeve, and show his scars,
And say, "These wounds I had on Crispin's day."
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What fears he did that day...
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the walt up with our English dead...
In peace, there's nothing so becomes a man,
As modest stillness, and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger.

Sign for the visitor centre at the Agincourt battlefield
English archers slaughtered the flower of French nobility with hails of deadly arrows
English archer with longbow

Display about Battle of Agincourt  Display about Battle of Agincourt Display about Battle of Agincourt  Display about Battle of Agincourt
Display of the origins of the Hundred Years' War - with one of the "telly-head" characters who set the scene.
Life-size model of a knight on horseback in full armour. Find out how long it took to prepare for battle, and how the knight was helpless if he fell to the ground. The displays are set in a building designed like a typical medieval barn of the region.

Battle of Agincourt model - French charge  Display about Battle of Agincourt
Scale model of the fatal and foolhardy charge of the gallant French knights (from L) towards the ranks of English archers (R). The French were hemmed in either side by the woods, and had no way of escape.
Display of chain mail and how it defends the wearer against arrows and other weapons.

Display about Battle of Agincourt
See what you would look like in a haevy metal suit of armour

French bowman at Battle of Agincourt
French crossbowman - compared with the English longbow it was much slower to fire and reload.

a Medieval tournament
Preparing for a mock medieval tournament on the battlefield

Walk round the battlefield
Azincourt you can tour the battlefield - k/a 'Agincourt' by the English - where in 1415 Henry V's English army massacred a French army 5 times as numerous. They hailed arrows from massed ranks of longbow archers on the French cavalry, who slithered around in the mud and rain, unable to escape because of their clumsy armour and the surrounding forests. The new Medieval History Centre in the village not only tells the story of the battle, but sets thewhole bloody conflict in context. It is a good starting point and preparation for walking round the battle site.

Background information
Hundred Years' War
Relations with the English

...Well worth a visit. Very informative and entertaining even if you're not knowledgeable about what took place. An hour well spent. Pleasant surprise. ...
Reviewer - Steve of Kent

... Extremely interesting and well thought out. Much too much information for one short visiit For refreshments afterwards, the Bar/Restaurant Le Charles VI is worth a visit. ...
Reviewer -RosemaryB, Independent Traveller

... Found this on a rainy day and were unexpectedly interested in this informative and often interactive exhibition that really brought it home to us the whys and wherefores and what it must have been like. Recommended (but not for small children who will be bored by much of it)....
Reviewer -Becky and Steve and a teenage brood Why don't youend in a review?.

Location: Centre Historique Médiéval, Rue Charles VI, 62310 AZINCOURT.
Directions: From Calais : autoroute A26 - exit 14 - follow signs to 'Fruges' on D928
From N39 Le Touquet - Arras: exit at Hesdin - follow signs to 'Fruges' on D928
Azincourt is on D71, off D928 about 4km S of Fruges.
Information/ reservations:
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E-mail : [email protected]
Phone : 00 33 (0)3 21 47 27 53
Fax : 00 33 (0)3 21 47 13 12



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