French Battle Flags of Agincourt

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By Crusader1307

The debacle of The French Army at The Battle of Agincourt (1415), was a crucial turning point for The England during The Hundred Year War. The French, whose numbers were between 5,000 and 8,000 strong, fell prey to (3) classic mistakes. As had been previously discussed, battlefield conditions (heavy mud), coupled with and an over zealousness with regards to taking Royal ''ransoms'' of English Lords – plus the deployment of The Longbow, all were responsible for the disaster. 109 major French Lords fell at Agincourt. The loss of semi and fully experienced Battle Lords, would play a major role in future French losses until the rise of Joan of Arc (1429). The French Lords represented themselves in the Field by Banners. These were several types, from the 12 to 18-foot long Pennons to the smaller Vexiloids mounted on ''L''-Staffs. Each of these Flags were based in full or in part on The Lord's Family Crest or Heraldic symbolism. Not every Lord bore his Personal Banner. Many Lessor Lords who aligned themselves with a more powerful Lord simply used that Lord's ''House Banner''. Of the 109 Lords who fell at Agincourt (including The Lord Marshal of France, Charles d'Albret), (11) known Banners were captured by The English.










1st Row:

Charles d'Albret (Constable Marshal of France)

2nd Row:

Antoine, Duke of Brabant, Ferry de Lorraine, Count of Vaudemont, Jean of Brittany

3rd Row:

Jacques, Count of Roucy, Louis de Bourbon, Philippe Count of Nevers

4th Row:

Waleran de Raineval, Count of Fauconbergues, Charles de Artois, Count of Eu, Charles, Count of Orleans

5th Row:

Jean, The Duke of Bourbon