The Battle of Agincourt talk at Pontefract Castle

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Date: 13/10/2015

A talk will be taking place to explore the link between Pontefract Castle and the Battle of Agincourt 600 years ago.

The famous battle on 25 October 1415 was when King Henry V defeated the French army.

The battle has gone down in history as a great victory, famous for the glory of the archers, a triumph against great odds and the overall determination of a young English King. But how much of what we believe about the battle is really true?

Cllr Les Shaw, portfolio holder for Culture, Sport and Leisure for Wakefield Council, said: "Pontefract Castle has a rich and colourful history and many of its stories are well known. However, not everyone knows about its links to the Battle of Agincourt.

"Pontefract Castle will be hosting a free commemorative talk which will discuss what really happened. What does the evidence tell us? What role did the archers really play? And, more importantly, what has it got to do with Pontefract Castle?"

The talk, which is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Key to the North Project, at the castle Visitor Centre on Sunday 25 October 1.15pm – 2.45pm is free but places are limited.
 
Advance booking essential on 01924 302700 or e-mail museumslearning@wakefield.gov.uk .
Refreshments will be available and there will be an opportunity to have a guided tour of the castle's dungeons afterwards (£2.50 for adults, £1.25 for children).