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Byzantine Warrior vs Seljuk Warrior: 1068–71
In the 11th century the declining military forces of the Byzantine Empire faced a new threat in the form of the Seljuk Turks, an emerging power in the eastern Islamic world. When the Seljuks captured Armenia and threatened further conquest, the Byzantines mounted a series of expeditions to defeat the Seljuks, culminating in the fateful battle of Manzikert in 1071.
English Man-at-Arms vs French Man-at-Arms: France 1401–53
In the wake of Agincourt (1415), the English supremacy in France seemed complete. Despite the premature death of Henry V in 1422, the English army decisively defeated the Franco-Scottish forces at Verneuil two years later. Even so, by the 1450s, the English grip on French territory was severely weakened, and the battles of Formigny (1450) and Castillon (1453) would spell the end for English hopes of dominion in France.
Swiss Pikeman vs Burgundian Knight: 1476–77
Situated between France and the Holy Roman Empire, the wealthy territories controlled by the Duke of Burgundy came into conflict with the formidable forces of the Swiss and their allies during the 1470s. At Grandson, Morat and Nancy the Burgundian forces, led by their mounted knights, faced the redoubtable pikemen of the Swiss Confederation in a series of battles that would redraw the map of Western Europe.
French Soldier vs Spanish Soldier: The Italian War of 1521–26
Fuelled by the rivalry between the Habsburg Charles V and the Valois Francis I, the Four Years’ War raged across Navarre, the Low Countries, France and Italy. The French and their Venetian allies faced not only the Holy Roman Empire, but also Spain, England and the Papal States. First at the battle of Bicocca, then the battle of the Sesia and culminating in the catastrophic defeat at Pavia in 1525, which saw the capture of Francis I, the kingdom of France was brought low by an ascendant Spanish Empire.
Russian Soldier vs Swedish Soldier: Great Northern War 1700–09
In 1700 Russia, Denmark, Saxony and Poland formed an alliance to attack Sweden, the major power in northern Europe. The Swedes prevailed against the Russians at Narva (1700) and went on to knock all their opponents bar Russia out of the war. In 1708 the Swedes invaded Russia itself and although they defeated Tsar Peter’s armies at Lesnaya, the crushing Russian victory at Poltava would herald the eclipse of Sweden as a first-rank power.