Hear Henry V speak on the eve of the battle of
The new centre at Azincourt - the
Battle (known as 'Agincourt' by the English) marked the
beginning of the end for the medieval knight in
Where Henry V won on St.Crispins
Thanks perhaps to Shakespeares version of Henry
Vs 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
- And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
- He that shall see this day, and live old
- Will yearly on the vigil feast his
- And say, "To-morrow is Saint Crispian."
- Then will he strip his sleeve, and show his
- And say, "These wounds I had on Crispin's
- 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
- Or close the walt up with our English
- In peace, there's nothing so becomes a
- As modest stillness, and humility:
- But when the blast of war blows in our
- Then imitate the action of the tiger.
English archers slaughtered the flower of French nobility
with hails of deadly arrows
Preparing for a mock medieval
tournament on the battlefield
Walk round the battlefield
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
with the English
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.
Calais : autoroute A26 - exit 14 - follow signs to 'Fruges'
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.
Internet Site : www.azincourt-medieval.com
E-mail : [email protected]
Phone : 00 33 (0)3 21 47 27 53
Fax : 00 33 (0)3 21 47 13 12