Poitiers 1356: The Capture of a King
Opsrey's examination of the Battle of Poitiers, which was fought between France and England in 1356. When Edward the Black Prince marched out of Gascony in August 1356, his plan was to carry out a large-scale destructive raid into the territory of the French King, John II. On 18 September, however, he was cornered south of Poitiers by a larger French army, and was left with little option but to fight. The ensuing battle proved an unmitigated disaster for the French. Their army was butchered and the King himself captured. In this volume, Dr David Nicolle details a campaign that enhanced the reputation of the Black Prince and led King John to catastrophe.
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14th century 19 SEPTEMBER According to Froissart Anglo Anglo-Gascon army Anglo-Gascon line Aquitaine ARMlES arms arrows assault attack Audley Audrehem August Author's photograph baggage bascinet bataille battle of Poitiers Black Prince Black Prince's army Bordeaux Brittany campaign Captal de Buch captured castle cavalry Chandos Herald Charles of Navarre Chatellerault Chauvigny chevauchee Clermont commanded Count of Poitiers Crecy crossed Dauphin Charles Dauphin's division dismounted Duc d'Orleans Duke of Lancaster Earl of Salisbury Earl of Warwick enemy England English archers flank fortified French army French crossbowmen French forces French King Froissart fully armoured garrisons Gascon hedge horses Hundred Years War included infantry Jean John's King Edward King John Languedoc Loire Marshal Maupertius medieval mid-14th century military mounted Normandy Nouaille Paris Perigord PHASE Philip Prince Edward reaches prisoners probably protected raid ransom remained retreat river Miosson road Romorantin Royal scouts soldiers surrender towns Vienne Vierzon Warwick's division