SLAUGHTER IN THE MUD: HENRY V AT AGINCOURT

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with meShall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in England now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”

The St. Crispin’s Day speech, which the Immortal Bard places in the mouth of his hero, King Henry V of England, is one of the great battle speeches in history. Though likely Shakespeare‘s invention, it brilliantly portrays a young, inspiring commander attempting to hearten his starving and dispirited Army; in desperate straits as it faces battle against a superior force. Whatever (if anything) Henry may have actually said that fateful morning in October is lost to history. But what is not lost is how he, and his tiny force of desperate men, stood firmly on the muddy field of Agincourt and…

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2 thoughts on “SLAUGHTER IN THE MUD: HENRY V AT AGINCOURT

  1. A detailed yet still stirring account of this famous battle. I saw a feature on BBC News this week. It was about a new memorial being raised at the site, to commemorate the French dead. The French historian confirmed that French dead that day exceeded 10,000, and the number could have been as high as 12,000. It must have been an awful sight to behold.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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