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Henry V
Henry V came to the throne in 1415 and ignoring internal disputes set out to conquer France and claim that throne. The French marched to meet him at Agincourt. The English were outnumbered but the English archers were extremely effective and won the day. For the next two years, Henry besieged Normandy. Finally an agreement was reached - Henry would marry Catherine, daughter of Charles VI of France and on the latter's death would become King of France. They married in 1420 but Henry was desperate to end the war. He fought on and died of exhaustion and disease two years later.

The new king Henry VI was just nine months old.

HENRY V (1387-1422)

  • King of England 1413-1422
  • Wanted to conquer France and claim the throne
  • Won a huge victory at Agincourt
  • Recognised as Charles VI's heir in June 1420 at the Treaty of Troyes
  • Married the French Princess Catherine
  • Died of exhaustion and disease in 1422

did you know?
Before Agincourt Henry V challenged the Dauphin to end the dispute in single combat but the Dauphin declined.

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1399John of Gaunt dies
Henry IV becomes King
1400Richard II dies
1405Henry IV crushes Scrope's rebellion
1406James I, King of Scots
1413Henry V becomes King
1415Henry V is victorious at Agincourt

Mary Bohun - Henry IV
Catherine of France - Henry V
Margaret of Anjou - Henry VI
Elizabeth Woodville - Edward IV

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