The Battle Of Agincourt (1415)

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The Aftermath
Contemporary estimates of French losses range from 4 to 11,000 while more modern scholars estimate 7-10,000. In addition, 1500-1600 prisoners, all nobility, were taken to England as prisoners. Many of these, unable to pay the demanded ransom, never returned. This resulted in the loss of nearly half of the French nobility and the French king's support base. Most came from the northern provinces where the French recruited most of their military. The highest estimate of English losses, however, is 500 with more reliable sources estimating closer to 100.

With the only French army in the field destroyed, Henry was unable to press home his advantage and march on Paris due to the impoverished state of his army and a lack of seige weapons. The English, with their prisoners eventually reached Calais on the 29th. While little territory was gained, apart from a new stagepoint for invasion at Harfleur, the French military was decimated allowing Henry's future victories to be achieved far more easily.

"The result can however be summarized in a single sentence: a regular, trained and disciplined army defeated one that possessed none of these virtues"1.

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1.Hibbert, C. Agincourt, B.T. Batsford Ltd, London, 1964, p.88

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