Essay on Chivalry in Battle of Agincourt

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Connie Jara HS101-51 Professor Tangeman November 29, 2015 Connie Jara HS101-51 Professor Tangeman November 29, 2015 Chivalrous Actions in the Battle of Agincourt Chivalrous Actions in the Battle of Agincourt The word chivalry is often associated with knights of the medieval ages. This term was used during the 11th and 12th century. The code of chivalry is a code of conduct that reflected bravery and service to others. This code of conduct was expected of the medieval knights. In his book, La Chevalerie, Leon Gautier wrote the ten commandments of chivalry which were the following: 1. Believe the Church’s teachings and observe all the Church’s directions, 2. Defend the Church, 3. Respect and defend the weak, 4. Love your…show more content…
The French army knights followed the code of chivalry as they were nearly all knights. They fought bravely and fairly. The English army was not composed of brave knights. On the contrary it was composed of yeomen and poor dishonorable peasants. The reason for the battle was because the English King Arthur V wanted to recover his former lands and the lands that he had lost in the Hundred Years War. With a small army at hand, the English started the battle with a siege of a Harfleur in Normandy. The fresh did not fight the English and surrendered the gate allowing the English the entrance. Later on, neither army wanted to start the battle due to military strategic reasons. The English begin lacking food and other provisions and therefore they decided to ‘provoke’ the French army by loosening the first flight of arrows. Their execution was successful and the French were indeed provoked. The French army begin the first attack but didn’t succeed at breaking the English and they actually suffered many loses due to the English Archers. After their retreat they decided to strike again. This time the English archers dropped their bows and began using the weapons that the French had abandoned in the first attack. These weapons included, axes, mallets, and swords. It is often said that the winners of the battle of Agincourt were the English archers but in fact they did not actually use their bows to cause the most casualties. They used more advantageous weapons in hand-to-hand
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