Anglo-centrism in "Western" medieval history in regards to battles like Agincourt

Oct 2019
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Does is seem that much of the English speaking world in regards to history dwells overmuch on victories such as Agincourt? Its as if most people thought England won the hundred years war by how its portrayed. Patay was basically the reverse outcome of Agincourt in many ways but we see almost no mention of it in any documentaries etc. Even in Historical books written about Scotland for example you see alot written about Homildon Hill in 1402 despite it being pretty much a rout and very little else in that century despite it being militarily a great century for Scotland who trounced the English at Sark in 1448 (my namesake) and also won handily at Piperdean, with Joan of Arc and La Hire in France, and with the Lancastrians at 2nd St. Albans. The Longbow is treated like a super-weapon despite it not being adopted much outside of the British isles. I do think England was probably about the scariest army of the period, but i would like to see more coverage of other nations when this period is brought up
 
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Naomasa298

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Welcome to the forum, Sark1448.

That's an interesting username. Any relation to the island of Sark?
 
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Does is seem that much of the English speaking world in regards to history dwells overmuch on victories such as Agincourt?
Agincourt is important in its own context because basically a bunch of commoners massacred a bunch of nobles, with a weapon any commoner could learn to handle
 
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Oct 2019
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Agincourt is important in its own context because basically a bunch of commoners massacred a bunch of nobles, with a weapon any commoner could learn to handle
except they were anything but, Longbowmen were professional soldiers drawn from the Yeoman class, not serfs. Alot of the actual killing was done by English knights and footmen. Many of the casualties were massacred prisoners
 

Tulius

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Agincourt is important in its own context because basically a bunch of commoners massacred a bunch of nobles, with a weapon any commoner could learn to handle
There are some overgeneralizations there. There were nobles on both sides. The longbow was not the major motif of the defeat, and these defeats of the cavalry before infantry/dismounted cavalry were already relatively “common” at the time.
 
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