1415 - King Henry V
King Henry V reviewing a fleet of 1500 vessels at Portsmouth. He later sailed for France with 2000 knights and men-at-arms and about 8000 archers to win a close run victory at the Battle of Agincourt on 25th. October. Henry actually left England from the Water Gate of Portchester Castle, although in Shakespeare’s King Henry V , Act II, Scene 2, it’s entitled “Southampton. A Council Chamber”. When he exclaimed to his nobles (as Shakespeare relates):
“Now sits the Wind Fair, and we will aboard”
it was at Portchester that he said it.
This battle ended serious French resistance for many years.