Account of Agincourt – page 2

A brief narrative of the battle of Agincourt most likely copied from the 16th century chronicle written by Raphael Holinshed. The account formed part of a late 16th century draft treatise on military strategy, tactics and leadership that drew on various examples and knowledge from medieval and antiquarian sources.

See page one and page three of this account.

Catalogue reference: SP 9/36


Now ye Battail approaching neer ech

other an ould soldier Sir Thomas Har-

yngton cast up his warder [baton] that was

in his hand, then all ye Englyshmen shout-

ed a loude, whereat ye French marvelled

But yt was a signe to the archers in the

medow which knowing the token shot

altogether at ye French vawarde, and

when the French percevid  ye archers

in the meadow when they saw not affor

and saw that they could not come att

them for ye ditche they with speed set

upon ye vaward of ye Battail led by ye

king: but er they joined ye archers of

the vaward, and ye archers on their

side which were placed in ye medow

so galled ye horses as they ran on plump

wth out order and over threw one an other

and ye footmen durst not go forward

when ye French vaward was thus discomfited

the English archers cast away their bowes and

tooke in hand billes and yrwth executed ye enymy

Then King Henry approched wt his Batell

and shortly was the second French battell

overcome: yet ye Frenchmen stoutely

with stood the English when they came

to hand strokes so as ye fight was

doutfull and very perillous; the kinge

albeit he was almost felled off his horse by

the duke Delanson (de Alencon), yet by valour and

strength recovered a gaine and slew


two of the Duks knights: and overthrew

the duke who would have yielded to him

But the king’s gard contrary to his will slew

the duke de Lanson being downe

Then the king caused his horsemen to feche

a compasse aboute and to wyn wth hym

A gainst the French rearward, which was

strongest of men, the French perceveing

his intent and being amazed brake their

aray and ran a way to save their lives and

being persued yielded ymselves prisoners.

In this meantime certain troops of French

horsemen knowing yt ye English carage was

left wtout men, uncarded: they went

and assaulted it and found their great Riches

But the king hering of it pursued them

Overtook ym and recovered all his tresur

Henry ye fifth: Grafton pag 466

After that king Henry the fifth

was entred and marched into France

and had faught & won the fild and

Battail of Agincourte then he laid

siege  and won also the town of

Cain in Normandye by long seege

whear he shewed such an example

of clemencye & mearcy as it greatly

advantid his fortune, for in Caine

he found innumberable substance

of money & plate belongeinge unto

the citizines whereof he wold not

suffer ane penye to be deminishd

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