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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 secondsADAM WARREN: This story shall the good man teach his son, and Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered, we few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. Be he ne'er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap, whiles any speak that fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsANNE CURRY: As I'm sure you know, that's an extract from one of the most famous speeches ever, the St. Crispin's Day speech that Henry V delivers before the Battle of Agincourt. Welcome to this course on Agincourt, one of the most fascinating battles ever. We'll be exploring the myth and the reality. We'll be taking you through many exciting things. What was The 100 Years' War? Did Henry V have a legitimate claim to the throne of France? Why did he launch the campaign when he did? How would the soldiers recruited and organised? How were they transported across the Channel? What was the Southampton plot against Henry, just before they set out, that threatened to postpone the expedition?

Skip to 1 minute and 26 secondsCome with us on this exciting journey. You can also see whether your ancestors served on the campaign. What we're particularly interested in is your comments, so please do put them into the comments box. Next week, I'll be Azincourt for the actual anniversary of the battle, so please follow my tweets whilst I'm there.

Welcome to the course

In this short video, you will meet Professor Anne Curry, one of the Lead Educators on this course and the foremost academic expert on Agincourt.

Your lead educators

  • Anne Curry is Professor of Medieval History and Dean of Humanities at the University of Southampton. Find her on Twitter

  • Dan Spencer is a post graduate researcher in medieval weaponry at the University of Southampton

We would like to thank the Agincourt 600 Fund for its support in the creation of this course.

Your online facilitation team

During the course, Anne and Dan will be supported by Aleksandr Lobanov, Mike Warner and Kate Borthwick. You can follow them by clicking the links to their FutureLearn profile pages and selecting ‘follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that they make.

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During this course, you may meet terms that you are unfamiliar with. We have provided a course glossary to help you. If anything is missing from the glossary, let us know in the comments area.

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