How many people would class this as the best battle in English history?
England severly outnumbered and outclassed beat the French (highly due to their skilled longbow and weather conditions)
I'm not an expert on English battles, but the English definitely decimated the French at Agincourt. By the standards of the day, they fought dirty with their longbows while the French stuck to their code of chivalry. Shakespeare's Henry IV gives an interesting account (although completely pro-English of course) of the battle. Lawrence Olivier produced a film version around another difficult time for England (WWII) and it is very pro-English also. The Kenneth Branagh version is also very good.
Ooops--the play was Henry V.
If I remember well, Augincourt is in north of France and it's a really small village. This battle is not really famous in France because it's quite old now.
Well your posting have yet to explain when the battle occured and why?
This battle took place during the 100 Years War. The French and English were battling over the French throne. Henry V claimed to be the rightful heir (these people were all inbred and related to one another). The French did not recognize Henry's claim and so they fought. The French clung to their chivalry as the English slaughtered them with their longbows.
So who ended up winning this war?
The British won the Battle of Agincourt, but I believe the French won the 100 Years War, in part thanks to Joan of Arc.
Does anyone out there have any good book recommendations for the 100 Years War?