It's a good day to be English.
600 years ago today, on October 25 1415, the English army led by King Henry V defeated a much larger French army at the Battle of Agincourt.
There's an excellent account of the battle by Bernard Cornwell at The Telegraph today - The Battle of Agincourt: Why we should remember it.
"The few had destroyed the many, and most of those few were archers. They were not lords and knights and gentry, but butchers, bakers and candlestick-makers from the shires. They were the ordinary men of England and Wales, and they had met the awesome power of France in hand-to-hand fighting and they had won.
The battle of Agincourt is part of the binding of England, the emergence of the common man as a vital part of the nation. Those common men returned to England with their stories and their pride, and these stories were told in taverns over and over, how a few hungry trapped men had gained an amazing victory. The story is still remembered, even six hundred years later, because it has such power. It is a tale of the common man achieving greatness. It is an English tale for the ages, an inspiration and we can be proud of it."