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The Battle

William Shakespeare’s Henry V

TRAINED TO KILL Archery practice was required by law in England as early as the 13th century. As such, the peasant-troops were highly skilled and lethal, but also cheap.

BAND OF BROTHERS Fighters get into the thick of the action at a re-enactment of the Battle of Agincourt
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Crossing a muddy field in Picardy, an elderly, white-haired man in plate armour rode in front of a small English army. He bellowed an order and hurled his baton into the air as a signal. The man was Sir omas Erpingham, it was the morning of St Crispin’s Day 1415, and the place was Agincourt. One of the most famous battles in history was about to begin.

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