MUD—AGINCOURT AND BANNOCKBURN. The account of Bannackburn reminds me of Agincourt, the victory of the English over the French almost exactly one hundred years after Bannackburn. Our family watched a British television program about Agincourt some years ago (I think part of a series called History Detectives). The French had an overwhelming advantage in manpower as well as home court advantage. Yet the French, with cavalry superiority, wound up fighting in an enclosed space of muddy ground. Worse, as the program showed, the texture of the mud made it difficult for an armored knight to get up once he was down. Much of the damage to the French was done by English soldiers using mallets on French knights trapped in the mud.

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