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Azincourt
Site of the battle of Agincourt

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Azincourt is located in France
Azincourt
Coordinates: 50°27′47″N 2°07′44″E / 50.463, 2.129Coordinates: 50°27′47″N 2°07′44″E / 50.463, 2.129
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Montreuil-sur-Mer
Canton Le Parcq
Intercommunality Canche Ternoise
Government
 • Mayor (2001–) Bernard Boulet
Area1 8.46 km2 (3.27 sq mi)
Population (2005)2 286
 • Density 34/km2 (88/sq mi)
Time zone CET (GMT +1)
INSEE/Postal code 62066 / 62310
Elevation 100–142 m (330–466 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Azincourt (French pronunciation: [azɛ̃kuʁ]; historically, Agincourt /ˈɑːʒɪnkʊr/ in English) is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Situated 12 miles (20 km) north-west of Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise on the D71 road between Hesdin and Fruges

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The town's name is attested as Aisincurt in 1175, derived from a Germanic masculine name Aizo, Aizino and the early Northern French word curt 'farm with a courtyard' (Late Latin cortem). It has no etymological connection in French with Agincourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle (attested as Egincourt 875), which is derived from another Germanic male name *Ingin-.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Azincourt is famous as being near the site of the battle fought on 25 October 1415 in which the army led by King Henry V of England defeated the forces led by Charles d'Albret on behalf of Charles VI of France, which has gone down in English history as the Battle of Agincourt. According to M. Forrest, the French knights were so encumbered by their armour that they were exhausted even before the start of the battle.[2]

Later on, when he became king in 1509, Henry VIII is supposed to have commissioned an English translation of a Life of Henry V[3] so that he could emulate him, on the grounds that he thought that launching a campaign against France would help him to impose himself on the European stage. In 1513, Henry VIII conclusively crossed the English Channel and stopped at Azincourt. He was notably accompanied by John Nevill.

The battlefield today
The battlefield today

The battle, as was the tradition, was named after a nearby castle called Azincourt. The castle has since disappeared and the settlement now known as Azincourt adopted the name in the 17th Century.

Population[edit | edit source]

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2005
213 220 210 228 250 276 286
Census count starting from 1962 : Population without double counting

Places of interest[edit | edit source]

The original battlefield museum in the village featured model knights made out of Action Man figures. However, this has now been replaced by a more professional exhibition space incorporating laser, video, slide shows, audio commentaries, and some interactive elements.[4] The museum building is shaped like a longbow similar to those used at the battle by archers under King Henry.

A medieval festival commemorating local history has been held in the village once in every year since 2004,[5]on a July weekend in the summer. Initially the festival was held in October, but due to the inclement weather and local heavy clay soil (like the battle) making the festival difficult it was moved to July.

Commemorative monument near to the battlefield

Twin towns[edit | edit source]

Azincourt is twinned with the English village of Middleham in North Yorkshire.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ fr:Albert Dauzat et fr:Charles Rostaing, Dictionnaire étymologique des noms de lieux en France, éditions Larousse 1968. p. 4.
  2. ^ The House of Commons: 1509 - 1558, Volume 4; Stanley T. Bindoff, John S. Roskell, Lewis Namier, Romney Sedgwick, David Hayton, Eveline Cruickshanks, R. G. Thorne, P. W. Hasler (Boydell & Brewer, 1982)
  3. ^ Henry VIII; J. J. Scarisbrick, p. 23
  4. ^ Azincourt Centre Historique
  5. ^ "Videos from Azincourt" at Azincourt Alliance

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