Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds ANNE CURRY: It’s very important to have a conference like this to commemorate Agincourt. It’s an opportunity for new research to be aired, and to discuss it between people who are not only academics interested in the subject, but also general enthusiasts. We’ve been organising this conference in connection with the Battlefields Trust, and a number of people there who’ve come along from that organisation. It’s also important for Southampton to host it, because the fleet set sail from here in early August. Between the 11th and 12th of August, the fleet set sail from the Solent, and many of the troops gathered in this area. So Southampton is a wholly appropriate location to hold it.
Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds KATIE BICKNELL: I think it’s important to remember and commemorate the Battle of Agincourt, because it was a really important English strategic victory. We took our long range weapons and essentially defeated the French, who were specialised in close-range combat. And that kind of tactic was used again and again. Later at Flodden, the archers were important, and as a long-bow archer myself I’m quite proud of the heritage there and what the English managed to do.
Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds LINDSAY WHITEHURST: I think it’s as important to remember Agincourt as it is Waterloo or the First World War. We’re bound at the moment with everything that’s going on with the reinterpretations and remembrances of the First World War. And Agincourt is it just as important in some ways in created a national identity and reinforcing a national myth, which you then see coming out in things like the First World War and beyond.
Skip to 1 minute and 43 seconds JOHN ALBAN: It’s very important to commemorate the Agincourt campaign and certainly the battle, because of the long term impact all of it In French terms, the casualties on the French side of the battle were so phenomenally high that it affected families for the best part of the next century, in fact. Whole families were wiped out in the battle. So the success of getting a base at Harfleur, the success of trouncing the French at Agincourt, the success in proving that he could traverse enemy territory with a depleted and not fully up to strength army, and get away with it, I think is very important as well.
Skip to 2 minutes and 27 seconds THOM RICHARDSON: Agincourt is very, very important, and it’s always nice to recall our victories, over the French in particular, a thing which the Royal Army’s museum in Leeds does particularly well. And at the moment, with the centenaries of Agincourt as well as Waterloo coming up in the same year, we can really rejoice in our defeat of the old enemy.
Skip to 2 minutes and 48 seconds CHRISTOPHER GILLIOT: It’s important, in fact, in France to commemorate this battle, because while it was a defeat, it was a defeat for the winner of people who were losing, so it’s just a part of our common history, that’s all.
Skip to 3 minutes and 1 second BERTRAND SCHNERB: From a French point of view, it’s important to come to commemorate the Battle of Agincourt because it’s one of the great battles of the 100 Years War. And for the French, this great defeat was the last great catastrophe before the Renaissances, the relievement of France with the episode of Joan of Arc. So in the French history, Agincourt comes immediately before the apparition of Joan of Arc and the victory against the English. So in the French memory, it is an important event.
Skip to 3 minutes and 53 seconds CHRISTOPHER ALLMAND: But we have to put it into a into a broader context, a broader political context and a broader military context, and so on, to get it in proportion.
Skip to 4 minutes and 12 seconds I find him, personally, a very interesting man. His reign is important, but important for reasons other, not all of which have to do with Agincourt. The emphasis, I think, is in danger, perhaps, of being tilted away from more lasting developments and events of the reign. He was in many ways a remarkable King. He’s a multifaceted man, not only just a soldier, as he proved himself to be, but a man who was much respected and much liked in his own day, who won the loyalty of his people, people who worked with him worked with him for long periods of time. You don’t stay in the employment of a person whom you dislike or who dislikes you.
Skip to 5 minutes and 18 seconds There is that loyalty in Henry, to you might say his staff, and that I find attractive. He’s not a man who should be remembered simply for the events of one day and the skills he showed on those days, undoubtedly important as they are. He’s much more emerging now as a much more rounded figure, and that I think is important historically.
What does Agincourt mean to you?
In this video, we interview delegates at an international conference on Agincourt about why they think it is important to commemorate the battle.
In the next step, you will have the opportunity to tell us why YOU think it is important to remember and commemorate the battle of Agincourt.
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