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Agincourt -- 1415

Henry V became a hero by defeating the French at Agincourt in 1415. It was a battle memorialized in Shakespeare's play "Henry V" -- with several stirring speeches ("we band of…

From  Ann Nikolai on May 21st, 2020 0 likes 20 plays 0  

Richard II: Chaucer & Emerging Englishness (1377-1400)

In the last decades of the 14th century, during the reign of Richard II, military, political and literary shifts contributed to a rising sense of what it meant to be English -- and just how secure…

From  Ann Nikolai on May 4th, 2020 0 likes 32 plays 0  

The Barons' Wars (1215-1266)

Magna Carta, signed by King John in 1215, did not settle the disputes between the monarch and his barons. John's son, Henry III, reigned for more than 50 turbulent years in which the barons…

From  Ann Nikolai on April 23rd, 2020 0 likes 31 plays 0  

First Battle of St Albans (1455 to 1460), No. 4

Henry V, hero of Agincourt (1415), died in 1422 leaving his 9-month old son heir to the crown. After decades of war with France, England's economic and political turmoil came to a head. Magnates…

From  Ann Nikolai on March 31st, 2020 0 likes 49 plays 0  

Edward III and his Legacies, No. 2

Henry V, hero of Agincourt (1415), died in 1422 leaving his 9-month old son heir to the crown. After decades of war with France, England's economic and political turmoil came to a head. Magnates…

From  Ann Nikolai on March 29th, 2020 0 likes 79 plays 0  

The Wars of the Roses: Deaths of Last Lancastrians (1471) (Session 8)

This episode: Edward IV consolidates his position as king by overcoming Warwick and the Lancastrians in two battles.Course overview: Henry V, hero of Agincourt (1415), died in 1422 leaving his…

From  Ann Nikolai on March 19th, 2020 0 likes 46 plays 0  

The Wars of the Roses: Edward IV Becomes King (1461-1470) (Session 7)

This episode: Edward IV becomes the king after defeating the Lancastrians in a few key battles. His surprising marriage to Elizabeth Woodville upsets Warwick the Kingmaker's tidy arrangements…

From  Ann Nikolai on March 19th, 2020 0 likes 71 plays 0