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Agincourt: History, Poem, Chronicle

My contribution to the commemorations of the sixth-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt  is, of course, a poem (scroll down for text and translation).  These stanzas are embedded in a London prose chronicle in British Library MS Cotton Cleopatra C. IV: it’s clear that the author of the chronicle was un-versifying this poem to form part of his account of the battle, before giving up and just copying the stanzas out verbatim.  So here we have a surviving section of another Agincourt poem to put alongside the Agincourt carol and the other accounts of the battle.

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