Essay about Chivalry in Battle of Agincourt

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Connie Jara
HS101-51
Professor Tangeman
November 29, 2015
Connie Jara
HS101-51
Professor Tangeman
November 29, 2015
Chivalrous Actions in the Battle of Agincourt
Chivalrous Actions in the Battle of Agincourt

The word chivalry is often associated with knights of the medieval ages. This term was used during the 11th and 12th century. The code of chivalry is a code of conduct that reflected bravery and service to others. This code of conduct was expected of the medieval knights. In his book, La Chevalerie, Leon Gautier wrote the ten commandments of chivalry which were the following: 1. Believe the Church’s teachings and observe all the Church’s directions, 2. Defend the Church, 3. Respect and defend the weak, 4. Love your
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The king of England believed that the French army was leading peasants of a nearby village to loot the English camp. These events were not really led by the French. The peasants alone decided to loot the English camp. Even though the looting was not caused by the French, Henry V decided to have all the prisoners killed to prevent the French from attacking him. Henry V believed that if the English army focused too much on the looting peasants and the French prisoners in the camp, the French army lines would attack them when they are weak and unorganized. The English men-at-arms did not obey Henry V’s request to murder the French prisoners. In order to get the task accomplished, Henry V appointed the archers to take over the task.
The reason as to why the English men-at-arms didn’t obey can be highly debated. It is commonly thought that the reason that his army didn’t obey was because they men-at-arms wanted to hold the prisoners for ransom. The English army was composed of many poor peasants and middle class men and this was their chance to make money of their war efforts. The author on the other hands suggests that the soldiers didn’t only disobey the order due to their personal needs but they also did it due to their moral character. They wouldn’t hurt fellow human beings without a cause. It appears as if they disagreed with their leader on the delinquent status of the prisoners. Had the cause been stronger

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