Commemorating Wales’ role in the Battle of Agincourt

The Battle of Agincourt, on 25 October 1415, is one of the best-known events in British history. The story of Henry V’s forces epic defeat of a much larger French army has been immortalised in tales, plays and poetry familiar to all. What is less well known is the role played by Wales in Henry’s stirring victory. Five hundred Welsh archers and 23 men-at-arms travelled to fight in France and it has even been said that ‘Welsh archers were the reason why Henry V won the Battle of Agincourt’.

Crown copyright (2014) Cadw

Crown copyright (2014) Cadw

 

Many of these brave men came from the Brecon and Monmouthshire region, from towns and villages strung out along what would eventually become the A40. To mark the anniversary of the Battle, we’re celebrating our local connections with a series of events featuring everything from archery competitions and medieval re-enactments to exhibitions and lectures, all of which will be taking place across the region:

 

Talk to Brecon U3A Archaeology Group
19 March @ 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Theatr Brycheiniog

The Sir John Lloyd Lecture – Talk by Professor Anne Curry, University of Southampton
20 March @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Theatr Brycheiniog

Professor Curry officially opens the Agincourt 600 Wales–Cymru exhibition
21 March
Theatr Brycheiniog

Agincourt 600 Wales – Cymru Touring Exhibition
18 April – 11 June
Abergavenny Museum

 

A Medieval Fayre commemorating Agincourt
6 June @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Abergavenny Museum

 

Film: Henry V (1944)
11 June @ 7:45 pm – 9:30 pm
Riverfront Theatre

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Agincourt 600 Wales is a community-led programme. We hope you’ll want to get involved in the events, or have ideas for your own. To learn more about the Agincourt story and how you can help tell it, please get in touch via the contact page.

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