Once More Unto the Breach

Agincourt 1415-2015: Half-day event of public talks

By Martin Heale, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Liverpool 

Saturday 6 June, 1.30 – 4.30pm

Management School, University of Liverpool


This year marks the 600th anniversary of Agincourt, one of the most important battles in English history, when Henry V defeated the French forces of Charles VI and prepared the way for the conquest of Normandy. Next month, the Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is holding is holding a half-day of public talks to explore the battle and its significance. It hasn’t proved possible to organise our event on the anniversary of the battle itself in October 2015, but D-Day (Saturday 6 June) seemed like the next best thing!

We are delighted to be able to welcome Anne Curry from the University of Southampton as our main speaker. Professor Curry is the world-leading authority on Agincourt and the author of the most definitive book on the battle: Agincourt: A New History. Two further talks will place the Agincourt in its wider context. Professor Christopher Allmand – the biographer of Henry V and expert on the Hundred Years War – will consider that famous king’s reputation. Our final talk, by professor of English at Liverpool and broadcaster Sarah Peverley, explores the most celebrated retelling of the battle of Agincourt, by William Shakespeare.

This event is open to everyone, and is free of charge. We will, however, need to ask for a contribution of £2.50/person to cover the cost of refreshments on the day. To book a place, please visit the following website, by Wednesday 29 May:


 PROGRAMME – Saturday 6 June, 1.30 – 4.30pm,Management School, University of Liverpool

1.15pm Arrival and registration

1.30pm Introduction and welcome

1.45pm Professor Anne Curry: ‘Agincourt. What Really Happened on 25 October 1415?’

Agincourt is one of the best known battles of the middle ages but still generates controversy today, even at its 600th anniversary. This talk will explore why it was fought where it was, why historians can’t agree on the numbers of soldiers on each side, why the English won so easily, and why we can’t find the French dead. It will take us to the heart of the debate on what can be known for certain and what is simply part of the ‘Agincourt legend’.

2.45pm Refreshments

3.15pm Professor Christopher Allmand:  ‘The Reign of Henry V in Recent Historical Writing

3.45pm Professor Sarah Peverley: ‘Staging Agincourt and Anglo-French Relations in Shakespeare’s Henry V

4.30pm Close

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