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Previously posted earlier today on the Cambridge University Library Music Collections blog MusiCB3

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A cheery Agincourt archer. Wikimedia Commons. A cheery Agincourt archer.
Wikimedia Commons.

Some years ago I was motoring up from the South of France, trying my best to get to Calais before French lorry drivers blockaded the port. It was a particularly grey and foggy day just around this time of year. As I headed further north, out of the gloom a colourful sign appeared – “Azincourt welcomes its English visitors” read the notice emblazoned on a cartoon cut-out archer, half Disney / half Asterix the Gaul.

I’ve always had a bit of an interest in Agincourt – I’m from Monmouthshire, the birth place of Henry V, many of the Agincourt bowmen were reputedly from the same county; the Agincourt song was one of the first pieces of music I learned to read; and it was only a few days after the anniversary of the battle. So off I drove through a French farmyard in search…

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About mj263

Music Collections Supervisor at Cambridge University Library. Wide musical interests. Often to be found stuck in a composer's archive, or enthusing about antiquarian music.
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