This one caught me off guard.
Henry V’s “happy few” were not outnumbered five to one by the French at the Battle of Agincourt, as traditionally believed, but were in a much more even fight, according to new research.
I don’t think it’ll change my opinion of the speech at all, but this new research suggests that rather than 4 to 1 odds (24,000 French against 6,000 English) it may have been closer to 12k to 9k.
By the way who’s the genius that clearly states the 24k and 6k figures, but also says “5 to 1” earlier in the article? Am I missing something?