Henry VI Plantagenet King Of England & France: Birth: 1421. Death: 1471
Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [ddandrm2.ged] At eleven o'clock on 25 October 1415 the English opened the Battle of Agincourt, a village 33 miles northwest of Arras in northeastern France. After a week of rain, the English faced a French army three times their number. But after less than three hours the French army was annihilated, sustaining over 7,000 casualties. The English suffered only 1,600 losses.---'An Encyclopedia of Battles' page7 Shakespeare put the following words into the mouth of the king of England as he urged his men to face what seemed to be unsurmountable odds. "HENRY V" William Shakespeare Act 4, scene iii, 40-61 King Harry: This day is called the Feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day and comes safe home Will stand a-tiptoe when this day is named And rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that shall see this day and live t'old age Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours And say, 'Tomorrow is Saint Crispian.' Then shall he strip his sleeve and show his scars And say, 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.' Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot, But he'll remember, with advantages, What feats he did that day. Then shall our names, Familiar in his mouth as household words- Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester- Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered. 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 speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
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