Chivalry died at Agincourt

In an excerpt from his book Agincourt: My Family, The Battle And The Fight For France, in the Mail Online, English writer and adventurer Sir Ranolph Fiennes discusses his ancestors' parts in the 1415 Battle of Agincourt, the day, he writes, chivalry died.

From the excerpt:

On the eve of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, my ancestor Robert Fiennes walked across the muddy ground that would be the next day’s killing field.

Slippery, furrowed and waterlogged, the narrow strip lay between two patches of woodland, and was overlooked by the looming castle of Agincourt. The rain-sodden tents of the opposing armies stood within shouting distance.

With the light fading, Robert picked his way across the boggy field, his feet slithering and sliding. He was around 40 years old, and this would be his first major battle, but his uncle — another Robert Fiennes — had been a veteran of earlier wars between England and France.

‘Mud is the great enemy,’ his uncle had told him, ‘the enemy of cavalry and the enemy of armour.’