Animated Maps: The Battle of Agincourt

The Battle of Agincourt, October 25th 1415

You can let this animation run at it’s own speed, or click pause and then move the show on as you wish with the ‘next’ and ‘prev’ buttons. Grateful thanks to Andy Flaster and Jonathan Crowther for all the technology stuff. AND find our more, much more, at the podcast episode 146.

20 thoughts on “Animated Maps: The Battle of Agincourt

  1. Who and how was the field of battle decided? Also assuming that the map is reading north to south, how any why were the English in the south?

    1. They were In the south because they were invading another place in the south , and were on a victory march home

  2. The field of battle pretty much chose itself – to a degree. The English were to the south because they were travelling from south to North, trying to reach the safety of Calais. The French wanted to bring them to battle – so they had to get in their way, i.e. to the north of them.
    When they managed this, the French would have looked to maximise their strength – so looked for good ground for heavy cavalry. Nice and flat. However, the day before, as Henry crosses the river, they draw back to wait for Orleans. maybe it’s this that commits them to the heavy ploughed field.

    1. No. after all this time. *sigh* Thank you Chris I will try to fix it, though after all this time I think I have forgotten how!

  3. Nice maps, but all lack an essential part of any map: a north-pointing arrow. Never assume the reader will assume that the drawing may be drawn with north at the top.
    Next, as one viewer noted, bad grammar & punctuation (or lack thereof) throughout the text detracts from it, making it less professional than it could have been.
    Still found it informative and useful; it just could have been better.

    1. Points well made and taken….proof reading has never been a talent, and sadly I can no longer find the base files…so the grammar will live forever as a reproof…

  4. We visited the small chapel as we headed north to catch boat to England. Sadly, there were so many surnames of sons of one family and cousins and uncles and fathers. It seemed such a desolate place even in approx. 1975-l980.

    1. I have never been to the battlefield, but your sounds like a lovely visit – and its so good to get a sense of the place

  5. Thank you for the great map and slides to display the battle – it has really helped my understanding as a history student 🙂

  6. How did the French lose 5,000 men to the English losing 500? That is a lopsided victory. Why were the casualties so different?

    1. The format of the battle for a start – with waves of French approaching over distance against a securely held line. But normally these sort of numbers are because the army that breaks loses a lot of men in the aftermath – the flight out of formation when they are vulnerable.

  7. Michale Livingston’s 2023 book Agincourt: Battle of the Scarred King, has a good argument the battlefield is to the southwest of the traditional site, with English troops northwest of Maisoncelle and the French SE of Azincourt. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Martin – I’ve had to move on I’m afraid, I can’t comment. I miss those days though!

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