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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Battle of Crécy

The Battle of Crécy took place on August 26, 1346 near Crécy in northern France during the Hundred Years War. The English routed the French thanks largely to the prowess of their archers and the use of longbows.

More than half the English army of around 10,000 were longbowmen. They were outnumbered about two to one by the French.

The French were over-reliant on crossbows that could fire only one or two bolts a minute. The longbows were five times as fast.

It was one of the important battles in the history of warfare because of the way the English used longbows to defeat the unwieldy crossbows of the French knights. Because of this change some historians call this battle the beginning of the end of chivalry.

Source Daily Express


  1. Warfare is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is very well done, a good read.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Gerald.