The Wallace Collection

Exhibitions & Displays

The Sinews of War: Arms and Armour from the Age of Agincourt

Tuesday 1st September, 2015 - Thursday 31st December, 2015

Price: Admission Free

The Battle of Agincourt (25 October 1415) is often remembered as a victory of English longbowmen over French knights, and has come to symbolise the victory of common people over aristocrats, of technological progress over conservatism, of modern military efficiency over out-moded tradition. In reality, what was one of the most famous battles of the Hundred Years War was ultimately won in a hard-fought hand-to-hand struggle between armoured knights on both sides, with the English archers joining the fray not with their bows but with hand-weapons.

This special display brings together original weapons and armour dating from the time of the battle, exhibiting them alongside other medieval pieces in the Wallace Collection and from the museum's library and archive, to explore the real story of this fascinating but sobering moment in history.

Find out more about the commemoration of the Battle of Agincourt: www. agincourt600.com

We may think we know what happened at Agincourt, but do we? Arms and Armour Curator Tobias Capwell explores that dramatic but often misunderstood moment in European history.

 

 Click here to read Tobias' blog

The Sinews of War: Arms and Armour from the Age of Agincourt
Visored bascinet, probably French, late 14th or early 15th century (c) The Wallace Collection

Press clippings and media for this exhibition.