Free speech October 15, 2021


We know a great deal about the Battle of Agincourt; but is what we know true? In this film Dr Toby Capwell responds to your comments from our first “Arrows V’s Armour” film and expands on some of what we do and do not know about the battle. It is a legendary event in British history; up there with the defiance of the Blitz for those morale boosting and nation defining moments.

The battle of Agincourt has been depicted in plays, literature and films for generations. Each re-telling adding another layer to the myths, Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Branagh and most recently, 2019 The King, starring Timothée Chalamet.

The longbow was without doubt a massively important part of the victory, there is no question about that, but still we know relatively little about how it was deployed; why and how it proved so successful. These gaps in knowledge have allowed the mythology to grow and prosper: separate to hard fact.