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The Battle of Agincourt

The Battle of Agincourt, in my opinion, is the most amazing battle on this list. King Henry V of England has a long distant claim to the French throne through a distant relative. He claims that he should be the next in line to the French throne. However, he is willing to accept a King’s Ransom -- see what I did there -- from the French to settle the issue; no wars needed. He wants nearly 4 million total crowns, the youngest French Princess’s hand in marriage, and several different territories.

At this time it is 1415, nearly 80 years into the 116 years long Hundred Years’ War which was fought at varying times, by various Kings of England and France, claiming their hold over one another’s throne. At this point, a new claim to the throne is old news.

France comes back with a counter offer. “We will give you the Princess, 600,000 crowns, and one of the territories you asked for,” they say. The English take this as an insult. Henry V wants heads to roll. After trying and failing a couple times to get war approved by the Great Council, he finally gets the go ahead along with a “double subsidy”, or temporary doubling of taxes to pay for the war effort.

After starting a war campaign in France, Henry V ends up only claiming one village within two and one-half weeks span. By this time, his numbers had started to dwindle as disease tore through his ranks. His troops were also weary from having marched 260 miles (~14 miles per day) over such a short time.

Henry V takes planned to take his army through Calais, meet up with his fleet, and return to England. However, his army was intercepted by France's in what would come to be known as the Battle of Agincourt. 

Up to 80% of England's forces during the battle were archers. 

While the exact number of troops either side sported is greatly debated-- as in almost any war-- the English were certainly outmanned, weary, and sickly. Many accounts have the English being outmanned 4-to-1 or even 6-to-1 with as many as 9,000 troops or as few as 6,000 troops at their disposal. While the French were said to have as many as 36,000 rested and healthy troops.

I don’t even think I need to say anything else other than Henry V won. English casualties were around 500 while French casualties numbered ~6,000. Consider the Mic Dropped. Oh, and he took the Princess. And their son would go on to claim the throne of both England and France, but that is a story for another day. (P.S: I’m never going to tell you that story.)

Published Apr. 22nd 2017

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