The Sources and Origin of the 'Agincourt Carol'

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Helen Deeming


Early Music, Volume 35, Number 1, p.23–36 (2007)



The origins of the infamous {'Agincourt} Carol', celebrating Henry v's military campaign of 1415, have often been the subject of fanciful speculation, but very little concrete evidence has so far been discovered. This article reports the new discovery that the carol's text relates closely to other poems celebrating the event, and may have been their source. It explores in more detail the surviving accounts of the victory pageant mounted in London on the king's return, during which the carol may have been performed. New evidence concerning the carol's earliest musical source has allowed a more precise dating and possible provenance to be established, elucidating the musical and literary worlds in which this most intriguing of medieval songs was composed.


{ArticleType:} research-article / Full publication date: Feb., 2007 / Copyright © 2007 Oxford University Press