Battle of Crecy 1346 (Hundred Years War) - The English War Bow Prevails

The English victory at Crecy in 1346 was the first major battle in the Hundred Years' War. We will examine the background to the battle, based on English claims to large parts of France. We will examine the arms, armour and tactics used and explain how King Edward III's small and desperate army was able to smash a numerically superior and better armed French force. After being pursued by the French through northern France, Edward's army turned and fought on ground of their choosing, thereby maximising the use of the long bow (or war bow) as the decisive weapon of medieval warfare. This session will give a clearer picture of exactly what happened at Crecy-en-Ponthieu in Picardy on 26 August 1346.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Wikipedia: The Battle of Crecy
  • Wikipedia: The English Long Bow
  • British Battles: Battle of Crecy 1346

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Map orientation – English claims to French territory
  • Edward III, the man and his motivation for invasion
  • Raising the English army
  • Philip VI, King of France; his allies and his army
  • Arms, armour and medieval tactics
  • English invasion of 1346 and pursuit by the French
  • The battle itself by phases; the aftermath – withdrawal to Calais
  • The battlefield today for visitors

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the background to the Hundred Years War
  2. Understand English King Edward III's motivation in invading France in 1346
  3. Appreciate the decisions made by commanders on both sides
  4. Understand the arms, armour and tactics used in medieval warfare
  5. Understand the main phases of the Battle of Crecy and its aftermath
  6. Appreciate the battlefield today provided by both the ground and museum displays
$29 Limited

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28 Jul

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