The Battle of Agincourt on 25 October, 1415, remains one of the most glorious victories in British history, with a legacy that endures today. A pivotal moment in the Hundred Years War between France and England, it reinvigorated the English campaign in France and bolstered the English crown's hereditary claims to French land. Published to mark the 600th anniversary of this famous victory, The Agincourt Companion presents the captivating story of the battle; how Henry V led an outnumbered army to glory, the skill of the archers, and the core military tactics that proved so successful for the English army. Moreover it tells a wider story about warfare in the middle ages. Delving into the development and advances in weaponry, armour and tactics during this period and the impact this had on the battlefield, this is a richly detailed look at the world of medieval warfare.
Thom Richardson is Deputy Master at the Royal Armouries and author of books and articles on European and Asian arms and armour, including The Medieval Armour from Rhodes. Anne Curry is Dean of Humanities at the University of Southampton and one of the world's leading experts on the battle of Agincourt. She is chair of the Agincourt 600 Committee, an organization marking the anniversary with celebrations in 2015. Professor Curry has made numerous appearances on radio (including three appearances on 'In Our Time') and TV (most recently on BBC4's 'The Hundred Years War'), and given many lectures to general audiences. She is the co-author of The Soldier in Later Medieval England (2013) and her other books include Agincourt: A New History (2006) and The Hundred Years War (2002). Peter Hoskins is a former RAF pilot and author of In the Steps of the Black Prince, The Road to Poitiers 1355-1356 and, with Anne Curry, Agincourt 1415: A Tourist's Guide to the Campaign. Dan Spencer is completing a PhD at the University of Southampton on English gunpowder artillery in the fifteenth century, on which he has published several articles.