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600th Anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt

Postby Caelan » Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:38 pm

600 years ago today, the Battle of Agincourt changed history, and also provided William Shakespeare with material for one his greatest plays, Henry V. The term, “Band of Brothers” comes directly from this famous play. King Henry V of England himself fought hand-to-hand during the battle, and even though badly outnumbered his forces crushed the French nobility, changing the political landscape of Europe at the time.

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Here is the link for greater detail and more pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/80813941@N08/22278196378

In remembrance of this event, members of WAMALUG decided to both build a huge castle-related LEGO diorama, and also launch our own history-related group called HistoryLUG https://www.flickr.com/groups/2873764@N24/. Built during the span of one of our monthly meetings, it has about 500 castle-theme minifigs. This only took about four hours to complete for the group.

From Wikipedia:
The Battle of Agincourt was a major English victory in the Hundred Years' War. The battle took place on Friday, 25 October 1415 (Saint Crispin's Day), near modern-day Azincourt, in northern France. Henry V's victory at Agincourt, against a numerically superior French army, crippled France and started a new period in the war. After the victory, Henry V married the French king's daughter, and their son, later Henry VI of England and Henry II of France, was made heir to the throne of France as well as of England.
Henry V led his troops into battle and participated in hand-to-hand fighting. The French king of the time, Charles VI, did not command the French army himself as he suffered from severe illnesses. Instead, the French were commanded by Constable Charles d'Albret, who perished during the conflict.
This battle is notable for the use of the English longbow in very large numbers, with English and Welsh archers forming most of Henry's army.

From Shakespeare’s play, King Henry’s Saint Crispin’s Day speech prior to the battle:

And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day 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 a-bed
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.

Hope you like our collaboration,

Gary
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Re: 600th Anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt

Postby Dubbadgrim » Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:48 am

Amazing layout, especially considering the timeframe! Good to see King Henry wasn't afraid to join the fray of battle.
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Re: 600th Anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt

Postby Caelan » Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:19 pm

Dubbadgrim wrote:Amazing layout, especially considering the timeframe! Good to see King Henry wasn't afraid to join the fray of battle.


Thank you Dubbagrim, I appreciate the compliment. The library was only available for 7 hours, so we had to get it done ASAP.
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Re: 600th Anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt

Postby AardWolf » Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:13 pm

As I said on Flickr, another amazing diorama and I'm amazed at how little time it took. Quite excellent-this is one of my favorite historical battles!
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Re: 600th Anniversary of The Battle of Agincourt

Postby Augustus Agamemnon » Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:17 pm

I like the landscape and especially the detail. :)
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