Holinshed's Chronicles. Text from the title-page.

Shakespeare had read about the Battle of Agincourt in Raphael Holinshed's words before he sat down to work on Henry V.

His characters' speeches on the casualties of the battle are drawn from Holinshed's own account.

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Extract from Holinshed's Chronicles, which reads as follows: "There were taken prisoners, Charles Duke of Orleance nephue to the French king, John Duke of Burbon, the lord Bouciqualt one of the marshals of France (le later died in England) with a number of other lords, knights, and esquiers, at the least fifteen hundred, besides the common people. There were slaine in all of the French part to the number of ten thousand men, whereof were princes and noble men bearing baners one hundred twentie and six..."

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