Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Anniversary of Crécy

It was on this day in 1346 that the epic battle of Crécy was fought in northern France. One of the pivotal battles of the Hundred Years War between France and England the combined forces of the two nations were commanded by the famous King Edward III of England along with Edward the Black Prince while the French were led by King Philip VI. Most know this battle as one of the great English victories in history as well as all but wiping out the flower of the French nobility and being the begining of the end of the age of chivalry. However, not as many people are aware of the Monegasque contribution to the battle. Lord Charles I of Monaco sent an corps of crossbowmen to join the forces of the King of France and later, when the English followed up the victory with a siege against Calais the fleet of the Lord of Monaco was on hand there as well.

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