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After his triumph at Agincourt, England’s warrior king aimed to complete the conquest of the old enemy across the water

HENRY V CLAIMS THE THRONE OF FRANCE

THIS MONTH IN... 1420

Anniversaries that have made history

The Treaty of Troyes, which established that Henry V of England and his heirs would succeed to the crown of France, was the prize for years of masterly military campaigning.

When he became King of England in 1413, Henry swiftly and ruthlessly quashed a series of internal threats so that he could focus on planning, funding and launching an attack across the English Channel. His enemy in chaos – ‘Mad’ King Charles VI of France suffered from bouts of insanity, including a belief he was made of glass – and with a supreme gift for tactics, Henry looked set to conquer.

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