Commemoration of 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt
The Bishop of London gave the address at a service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.
The service was attended by leaders of the City of London, including the Lord Mayor of London and Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, reflecting the fact that the Abbey was where the then leaders of the City came to celebrate the victory when the news reached England.
Westminster Abbey has special connections with Henry V, being the place of his coronation and burial. His tomb lies in at the eastern end of the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor. The choice of 29 October for this special commemoration recalls the arrival of the news in England six hundred years ago, as well as the important role that London played in preparations for the campaign, and in the immediate celebrations of its outcome.
The Battle of Agincourt was one of the most significant battles of the Anglo-French Hundred Years War. On St Crispin’s Day, 25 October 1415, Henry led his heavily outnumbered army of archers and men-at-arms to victory against a French force close to the town of Agincourt in northern France. By the end of the battle, almost 6,000 Frenchmen and more than 400 English soldiers had lost their lives.
Read the full text of the Bishop of London’s address.
Image credit: Ian Stratton/Westminster Abbey