By Andrew Ayton
With extra contributions from Françoise Autrand, Christophe Piel, Michael Prestwich, and Bertrand Schnerb.
at the night of 26 August 1346, the best army energy in Christendom, the French royal military with Philip VI at its head, was once defeated by way of an expeditionary strength from England lower than the command of Edward III. A momentous occasion that despatched surprise waves throughout Europe, the conflict of Crécy marked a turning aspect within the English king's fight together with his Valois adversary. whereas the French suffered humiliation and crippling casualties, compounded via the consequential lack of Calais a yr later, the self-confidence and armed forces attractiveness of the English - from their king all the way down to the lowliest of archers - soared. good over part a century ahead of Agincourt, the English had emerged because the Most worthy struggling with strength in Europe.
This e-book assesses the importance of Crécy, and gives new interpretations of either the conflict itself and the crusade that preceded it. It comprises the most recent study at the composition and business enterprise of the English and French armies, a penetrating research of the narrative resources and a revealing re-appraisal of the battlefield. It concludes with a clean examine the position of the archer in Edward III's victory.