Agincourt 650th Westminster Abbey

Thursday 29th October 2015

Together with the Clerk and the Wardens the Mistress and I attended the service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. It was a really splendid affair. English pageantry at its best. Robert Hardy the actor and expert on the longbow celebrated his 90th birthday that day and read the prologue to Henry Vth. The actor playing the part of Henry Vth at the RSC production at the Barbican performed the St Crispin’s Day speech and the Bishop of London preached the sermon. We were sitting in the building to which the news of victory was brought by messengers from the battlefield and within feet of the final resting place of Henry Vth himself. It was a stirring piece of history and I felt privileged to be there. A memorable event and I was fortunate it took place in my year.