By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (October 25, 2021) – In Issue 2021-206 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, takes us to the battle fields, stage, and poetry.  


Today is St. Crispin’s Day, better known for its Shakespearean reference and as a day for famous battles, than the actual saint who, along with his twin brother, was martyred in 286.

The “St. Crispin’s Day Speech ” is found in Shakespeare’s Henry V as a part of the Battle of Agincourt (or Azencourt), France.  The English soldiers were far outnumbered by the French, and Henry gave a rousing speech of glory and honor for those who fight.

Famous phrases from that speech are “the fewer the men, the greater the share of honour” and “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers.”

Another famous battle occurring on this date is the 1854 Battle of Balaclava, which included the Charge of the Light Brigade, immortalized in Tennyson’s poetry.

This 1720 map by Homann shows northern France, including Agincourt and parts of today’s Belgium.

Map of Northern France – 1720 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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