The Battle of Crecy, 1346

The Battle of Crecy, 1346

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With additional contributions from Francoise Autrand, Christophe Piel, Michael Prestwich, and Bertrand Schnerb.

On the evening of 26 August 1346, the greatest military power in Christendom, the French royal army with Philip VI at its head, was defeated by an expeditionary force from England under the command of Edward III. A momentous event that sent shock waves across Europe, the battle of Crecy marked a turning point in the English king's struggle with his Valois adversary. While the French suffered humiliation and crippling casualties, compounded by the consequential loss of Calais a year later, the self-confidence and military reputation of the English - from their king down to the lowliest of archers - soared. Well over half a century before Agincourt, the English had emerged as the most respected fighting force in Europe.

This book assesses the significance of Crecy, and offers new interpretations of both the battle itself and the campaign that preceded it. It includes the latest research on the composition and organisation of the English and French armies, a penetrating analysis of the narrative sources and a revealing re-appraisal of the battlefield. It concludes with a fresh look at the role of the archer in Edward III's victory.

Dr ANDREW AYTON is senior lecturer in history at the University of Hull; Sir PHILIP PRESTON is an independent scholar, and founding secretary of the Battle of Crecy Trust.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 31.5mm | 625.96g
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 Line drawings, black and white; 1 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1843833069
  • 9781843833062
  • 766,689

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The thorough and massive use of the sources, both primary and secondary, is perhaps one of the first key features that the reader notes and makes it a valuable work. [...] A compelling read, no doubt a volume that will leave a mark. For those interested in the hundred years war, but not only them, this is essential reading. DE RE MILITARI
A highly recommended acquisition for any in-depth, definitive military history collection. THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
This must surely be the definitive study of Crecy for many years to come; but it is much more than that. It is the narrative of a fourteenth century army at war. Impressive in its scholarship, immaculately presented, it is an essential item in a medievalist's library. CASEMATE
This is a unique, invaluable collection of the thoughts, conclusions and surmises of some of the best minds that concern themselves with the Hundred Years War; in this case, one of its most famous and fatal battles, which like Agincourt poses fascinating problems of every kind concerning fourteenth and fifteenth-century armies in the field. ROBERT HARDY, CBE, FSA
Essays of very high quality. [...] A very fine, scholarly study and eminently readable book which deserves great authority as a study of Crecy. HISTORY
A useful addition to the literature and worth reading by anyone with any interest in its topic. JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY (US)
Das Buch empfiehlt sich ganz sicher als eine serioese und aufschlussreiche Materialsammlung zur Schlacht von Crecy. HISTORISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT
Mit diesem Buch liegt nicht nur eine detaillierte Analyse der Schlacht von Crecy vor, es liefert auch ein Beispiel dafur, wie eine auf militarisch-organisatorische Aspekte abzielende Kriegsgeschichte des Mittelalters heute geschrieben werden muss.MARTIN CLAUSS, H-SOZ-U-KULT
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About Andrew Ayton

Dr ANDREW AYTON is senior lecturer in history at the University of Hull. Sir Philip Preston is an independent scholar, and founding secretary of the Battle of Crecy Trust, which is dedicated to research into the battle and all matters relating to it. He is a partner in an architectural practice, and lives in Crecy-en-Ponthieu, where he is vice president of the local archaeological society.
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