Why the battle of Agincourt happened

In 1415, after nearly 25 years of delicate peace between England and France, King Henry V revived what is now known as the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). He wanted to reassert English claims to the crown of France and sovereignty over lands within France – as his great grandfather Edward III had done.

The timing was ideal: France was racked by civil war and military action against an external enemy would help cement Henry’s authority as king, as well as strengthen the loyalty of his subjects.

On 15 April, the king met with leading noblemen and prelates, and proclaimed his intention to lead an army to France.

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