Act 1, Scene 26 – “All his battle finery.”

agincourt-page-001Notes on Agincourt

This Sunday marks the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt, so what better time to tackle the most famous pre-match warm-up in English literature?

I usually keep costume fairly simple in Zounds, but Henry needed to be in all his battle finery,  right down to the heraldry on his surcoat. I wanted a mash-up of Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh’s movie costumes, with romantic flourishes like the combination crown/helmet married to practical elements like the chain mail and the leather collar piece.

It has to be said, not dying and getting your taxi fare home is a pretty good deal. When you’ve recruited the likes of Pistol and Nym to fight for you, I’d expect a lengthy queue.

And of course, our cheeky deserter had to be carrying a spear. Happy St Crispin’s Day.


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