The Battle of Crécy
Although the French, led by Philip VI, massively outnumbered the English, under the command of Edward III, the English won the battle, and French casualties were huge. The English victory is often attributed to the success of their longbowmen against the heavy cavalry of the French.
The Battle of Crécy was the result of years of simmering tension between Edward III and Philip VI, and it led to decades of further conflict between England and France, a conflict that came to be known as the Hundred Years War.
Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton
Senior Research Fellow in History at Keele University
Lecturer in Late Medieval History at Durham University
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