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French host re-enactment of 1415 Battle of Agincourt

Published 25/07/2015

A re-enactment of the Battle of Agincourt took place in France (AP)
A re-enactment of the Battle of Agincourt took place in France (AP)

France may have lost the Battle of Agincourt nearly 600 years ago, but they hope to show they are not sore losers.

The French are hosting a reenactment of the clash with England this weekend. More than 800 people in Medieval garb gathered at the site to commemorate and re-enact the battle, which was a turning point in the Hundred Years' War.

The two-day event on a field in the northern town of Azincourt, called Agincourt in English, featured equestrian jousting, archery and re-enactments of portions of the battle, fought on October 25 1415.

The battle left the French crippled on their soil, but the weekend event did not dwell on that outcome.

The event is to "celebrate the friendship between France and the English," said Christophe Gilliot, director of the Centre for Medieval History in Agincourt.

"It's great to see all these people laughing and having a good time together," he said before the spectacle got under way.

British, French and history enthusiasts from two dozen other nations were invited to take part.

The Battle of Agincourt was the centrepiece of William Shakespeare's play Henry V about the young warrior king who led the charge "on the vasty fields of France".

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