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Azincourt

Coordinates: 50°27′47″N 2°07′44″E / 50.463°N 2.129°E / 50.463; 2.129


Azincourt (historically, Agincourt in English) is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France.

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Geography

Situated 12 miles (20 km) north-west of Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise on the D71 road.

Etymology

Aisincurt 1175.

Germanic masculine name Aizo, Aizino and early Northern French curt 'farm with a courtyard' (Late Latin cortem)

No etymological and phonetical connection in French with Agincourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle (Egincourt 875), that is itself combined with another Germanic male's name *Ingin-.[1]

History

Azincourt is famous as 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, and recorded in English history as the Battle of Agincourt.

Later on, when he became King in 1509, Henry VIII commended an English version of the Life of Henry V 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.[2]

Population

Places of interest

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 However, this has now been replaced by a more professional exhibition space incorporating laser, video, slide shows, audio commentaries, and some interactive elements. The museum building is shaped like one of the many longbows famously deployed at the battle by King Henry's archers.
The village holds a festival in every other year, commemorating the battle and featuring various stalls and displays. The latest was held on July 21 through July 22, 2007[3].

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