BLACK PRINCE AND THE CAPTURE OF A KING POITIERS, 1356


BLACK PRINCE AND THE CAPTURE OF A KING POITIERS, 1356

M. LIVINGSTONE & M. WITZEL    Book Number: 90343    Product format: Hardback

The Battle of Poitiers saw one of the most sensational episodes of the Hundred Years' War - the capture of the French King Jean by the forces of Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, later known as the Black Prince. This book tells the story of the campaigns leading up to that battle, the battle itself and its immediate aftermath. The capture of a king in the course of a battle was a relatively rare event. This, the climactic event of the Black Prince's first campaign as commander, came at the end of a year of campaigning across south-west France. Less well known than the more famous clashes such as Agincourt, the Battle of Poitiers in 1356 was equally important, leading to one of the most devastating and destructive periods in French history. In the summer of 1356 the Prince and his army drove northward towards the Loire, attacking once again deep into French territory but this time he met real opposition - the full French army led by King Jean and many of the leading nobility of France, some of them veterans of the defeat at Crécy ten years earlier. Outnumbered, the Prince fell back, but in September he turned near the city of Poitiers to make a stand. The battle that followed was a tense encounter, but the French took time to organise and prepare before attacking and their advance was deliberate and well planned. Once again, English and Welsh archers wrought mayhem among the French ranks. The French formations disintegrated, and a violent counter-attack by English men-at-arms caused it to dissolve entirely. King Jean and his eldest son made a final stand with some of their followers, but in the end they were forced to surrender and were taken back to England as prisoners. The core of this book is a day-by-day description of the campaign of July to September focussing on the people involved, ordinary men-at-arms and non-combatants as well as princes and nobles. 218pp, illus and maps.
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ISBN 9781612004518
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