Agincourt (äzhăNkōōr´), modern Fr. Azincourt, village, Pas-de-Calais dept., N France. There, during the Hundred Years War, Henry V of England with some 6,000 men defeated a French army six times that size on Oct. 25, 1415. His success, which was due mainly to the superiority of the masses of English longbow men over the heavily armored French knights, demonstrated the obsolescence of the methods of warfare of the age of chivalry. The victory enabled the English to conquer much of France. The battle is the central scene of Shakespeare's drama Henry V.

See J. Barker, Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England (2006).

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Agincourt: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! Henry V: The Typical Medieval Hero
Charles Lethbridge Kingsford.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1901
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Agincourt Oct. 24, 1415"
Medieval Warfare: A History
Maurice Keen.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Agincourt begins on p. 155
From Spear to Flintlock: A History of War in Europe and the Middle East to the French Revolution
Frederic J. Baumgartner.
Praeger Publishers, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "The End of the Medieval Military"
Those Who Fought: An Anthology of Medieval Sources
Peter Speed.
Italica Press, 1996
FREE! The Beginnings of Modern Europe (1250-1450)
Ephraim Emerton.
Ams Press, 1917
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Agincourt begins on p. 295
The Fifteenth Century 1399-1485
E. F. Jacob.
Clarendon Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "Agincourt" begins on p. 32
War Crimes Law Comes of Age: Essays
Theodor Meron.
Oxford University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Agincourt: Prisoners of War and Servants" begins on p. 52
The Hundred Years War
Robin Neillands.
Routledge, 1990 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "The Road to Agincourt, 1413-15" and Chap. 12 "Agincourt to Troyes,1415-22"
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