Donald R. McClarey

The Girl Who Reversed Agincourt

  Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years. She embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in unexampled perfection. Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion,

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Donald R. McClarey

Battle of Agincourt

  At the last moment Henry sought to avoid so desperate a battle. Heralds passed to and fro. He offered to yield Harfleur and all his prisoners in return for an open road to Calais. The French prince replied that

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Donald R. McClarey

Henry V Times Four

Courage, memory and love are powerful motivators, and this speech is a reminder of just how powerful:  

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Donald R. McClarey

The Girl Who Reversed Agincourt

  Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years. She embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in unexampled perfection. Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion,

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Donald R. McClarey

Agincourt the Battle

    October 25, 1415 was an amazing day for the English.  The English longbow had long proved during the Hundred Years War to be a devastating weapon in the hands of skilled archers, but rarely had the English faced such

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The Girl Who Reversed Agincourt

  Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years. She embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in unexampled perfection. Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion,

Read More »

The Girl Who Reversed Agincourt

  Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years. She embodied the natural goodness and valour of the human race in unexampled perfection. Unconquerable courage, infinite compassion,

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Jane Austen on Henry V

    When she was fifteen Jane Austen wrote a satirical history of England.  Here is her passage on Henry V and his son:   Henry the 5th  This Prince after he succeeded to the throne grew quite reformed and

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Agincourt Carol

Something for the weekend.  Agincourt Carol.  Tomorrow is the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt.  You can always tell what is important to the population of a pre-literate society such as England in the 15th century by their songs. 

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600 Years Since Agincourt

Riding a small, grey pony – a page leading a great war-horse behind him – he rode up and down the line in front of his troops. His eve-of-battle speech struck a familiar note – he “was come into France

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598 Years Since Agincourt

We are in God’s hand, brother, not in theirs. King Henry V The anniversary of the long ago battle of Saint Crispin’s Day gives us yet another opportunity to recall the immortal “Band of Borthers Speech” that Shakespeare put into the

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597 Years Since Agincourt

We are in God’s hand, brother, not in theirs. King Henry V The anniversary of the long ago battle of Saint Crispin’s Day gives us yet another opportunity to recall the immortal “Band of Borthers Speech” that Shakespeare put into the

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Agincourt

  Something for the weekend.  Agincourt by the ever talented folks at History for Music Lovers, to the tune of As Tears Go By, by Marianne Faithful. October 25, 1415 was an amazing day for the English.  The English longbow had

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October 25, 1415

WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here     But one ten thousand of those men in England     That do no work to-day!   KING. What’s he that wishes so?     My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;     If

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