By early October 1415, King Henry V and his army had been in Normandy, France for two months. Henry was claiming what he believed to be an English king’s right to the crown of France, an issue first raised by his great grandfather King Edward 111, resulting in a series of battles and skirmishes between the French and the English and known to history as The Hundred Years War.
Part of the estimated 12,000 strong English force that had landed in Normandy in August 1415 were half a dozen ‘lances’ or men at arms, and about 40 archers under the command of Richard, Lord Scrope from Bolton Castle. They were involved at the siege of Harfleur in September and then on October 25th were participants in what is now one of the most famous victories in English history, the Battle of Agincourt.
Back at Bolton Castle, a small force was left to ‘mind the fort’ and life, as ever, had to go on.
Come and talk with our historians. Find out what life would have been like for the common soldier at Agincourt and at home and have a go at archery and handling the weapons of the period. Would you have been able to make the grade? Meet our cook and see a working kitchen in action and discover if you would have enjoyed the diet of the working classes in Medieval England.
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