The sources and origin of the “Agincourt Carol”

Deeming, Helen (2007) The sources and origin of the “Agincourt Carol”. Early Music, 35, (1), 23-38. (doi:10.1093/em/cal119).


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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/em/cal119
ISSNs: 0306-1078 (print)
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Keywords: agincourt carol, medieval song, carol, Henry V, the trinity roll, mettingham
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Music
ePrint ID: 45588
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Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:20

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