Crécy 1346

Triumph of the longbow

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Crécy 1346

Triumph of the longbow

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The Battle of Crecy was the first major land battle of the Hundred Years War. It pitted the French army, then considered the best in Europe, and their miscellaneous allies against the English under King Edward III and the 'Black Prince', who as yet had no great military reputation; this was the battle where he 'won his spurs'. The Genoese crossbowmen were outshot by the English longbows and the pattern was set for the rest of the day: the French cavalry were committed piecemeal in fruitless charges against strong English positions, losing perhaps 10,000 men in the course of the fighting. After almost a millennium in which cavalry had dominated the field of battle, the infantryman, and particularly the longbowman, now ruled supreme.

Table of Contents

Introduction/Opposing Commanders/Opposing Armies/Opposing Plans/Normandy/The Trap Closes/Crossbow versus Longbow/The Arrow Storm/Aftermath/The Battlefield Today/Chronology/Guide to Further Reading

Product details

Published 25 Jun 2000
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781855329669
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 75 b/w; 13 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 71
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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