Место разгрома французского войска английским войском в 1346 году

Битва при Креси

Би́тва при Креси́, сражение между английской и французской армиями в ходе Столетней войны 1337–1453 гг. Оно произошло 26 августа 1346 г. близ Креси-ан-Понтьё (Crécy, Crécy-en-Ponthieu), населённого пункта в северо-восточной Франции в департаменте Сомма. Битва при КресиБитва при Креси.Английскую армию возглавлял Эдуард III, французская армия выступала под командованием Филиппа VI Валуа. Английская армия численностью 20 тыс. человек, высадившись на севере Франции в районе Котантена, захватила г. Кан. Французский король во главе 50-тысячного войска выступил ей навстречу и закрыл путь к отступлению. Несмотря на численное превосходство французов, битва закончилась победой англичан. Она была обеспечена успешными действиями английской пехоты, вооружённой т. н. длинными луками (имели дальность стрельбы до 300 м), против французской рыцарской конницы. В сражении погибли около 1,5 тыс. французских рыцарей, в том числе король Богемии Ян Люксембургский, герцоги Лотарингский и Савойский, графы Алансонский и Фландрский.

Битва при Креси 26 августа 1346. Миниатюра из Больших французских хроник. Ок. 1415Битва при Креси 26 августа 1346. Миниатюра из Больших французских хроник. Ок. 1415. Британская библиотека, Лондон. Cotton MS Nero E. II pt. 2. Fol. 152v.

Победа при Креси позволила английской армии в 1347 г. овладеть г. Кале, ставшим их основной базой на континенте. Считается, что битва при Креси знаменовала начало заката рыцарства как главной ударной силы средневекового войска.

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ТЕПЕРЬ ВЫ ЭТО ЗНАЕТЕ

Задание 1. Разгадайте кроссворд.

Рабочая тетрадь по истории Средних веков. Е.А.Крючкова. 6 класс. Теперь вы это знаете

По горизонтали.

  • 2. Столица объединённой Франции. — Париж
  • 4. Фамилия французского полководца. — Дюгеклен
  • 10. Порт на французской земле, оставшийся в руках англичан после завершения Столетней войны. — Кале
  • 12. Прозвание французского короля Филиппа IV. — Красивый
  • 13. Железный лук с механизмом для метания стрел. — Арбалет
  • 14. Место разгрома французского войска английским войском в 1346 году. — Креси
  • 15. Прозвание герцога Нормандии, захватившего королевский трон Англии. — Завоеватель
  • 16. Прозвание герцога Бургундии, противника Людовика XI. — Смелый
  • 19. Место, где в 1415 году французы потерпели поражение от англичан. — Азенкур
  • 21. Королевская династия, утвердившаяся в Англии в начале XII века. — Плантагенеты
  • 24. Цветок — символ междоусобной борьбы в Англии после окончания Столетней войны. — Роза
  • 26. Место созыва «бешеного совета». — Оксфорд
  • 28. Так в Испании христиане называли арабов и берберов. — Мавры
  • 29. Английский знатный род, боровшийся за трон в междоусобной борьбе. — Йорки
  • 30. Французский город, знаменитый производством шёлковых тканей. — Лион
  • 32. Место коронации французских государей. — Реймс
  • 33. Долгая война между Англией и Францией. — Столетняя
  • 34. Крупные феодалы в Англии. — Бароны
  • 35. Династия английских королей, правившая с 1066 года. — Нормандская
  • 36. Замок-крепость в Лондоне. — Тауэр

По вертикали.

  • 1. Место гибели Жанны д’Арк. — Руан
  • 3. Крестьянское восстание во Франции. — Жакерия
  • 5. Столица королевства Арагон в XII — XV веках. — Сарагоса
  • 6. Прозвание английского короля, сына Генриха II. — Безземельный
  • 7. Город на французской земле, освобождённый от осады англичан войсками во главе с народной героиней Франции. — Орлеан
  • 8. Английский знатный род, претендовавший на королевский трон в междоусобной борьбе. — Ланкастеры
  • 9. Королевские чиновники во главе округов в Англии. — Шерифы
  • 11. Город во Франции, место «пленения» пап римских в XIV веке. — Авиньон
  • 17. «Дело веры». — Аутодафе
  • 18. Место разгрома французских войск английскими войсками в 1356 году. — Пуатье
  • 20. Отвоевание христианами территории Пиренейского полуострова, захваченной арабами. — Реконкиста
  • 21. Собрание представителей сословий в Англии. — Парламент
  • 22. В переводе с латинского это слово означает «грамота». — Хартия
  • 23. Королевская династия, утвердившаяся в Англии после окончания междоусобной войны. — Тюдоры
  • 25. Собрание представителей сословий в государствах Пиренейского полуострова. — Кортесы
  • 27. Округа в Англии. — Графства
  • 31. Прозвание французского короля Людовика IX. — Святой

Задание 2. Заполните таблицу «Знаменитые битвы».

Когда Где Противники Победитель
14 октября 1066 года При Гастингсе
  • Король Гарольд (англосаксы)
  • Герцог Вильгельм (нормандцы).
Вильгельм I Завоеватель (нормандцы)
26 августа 1346 года При Креси
  • Король Филипп VI (французы)
  • Король Эдуард III, Эдуард Черный Принц (англичане)
Эдуард III (англичане)
19 сентября 1356 года При Пуатье
  • Король Иоанн II (французы)
  • Эдуард Черный Принц (англичане)
Эдуард Черный Принц (англичане)
25 октября 1415 года При Азенкуре
  • Король Генрих V (англичане)
  • Король Карл VI, командующий Шарль д’Альбре (французы)
Генрих V (англичане)
16 июля 1212 года У Лас-Навас-де Толоса
  • Соединенные силы Кастилии, Арагона, Наварры и Португалии (командующие Альфонс VIII, Педро II, Санчо VII Наваррский, Афонсу II)
  • Мавры династии Альмохадов (Мухаммад ан-Насир)
Соединенные силы католических стран

Задание 3. О ком идёт речь?

Ответ:

  • Король-фальшивомонетчик. — Филипп IV Красивый, король Франции.
  • Чёрный принц. — Эдуард, старший сын короля Англии Эдуарда III.
  • Орлеанская дева. — Жанна д’Арк.
  • Католические короли. — Изабелла Кастильская и Фердинанд Арагонский, короли объединенного государства Кастилии и Арагона (Испании).
  • Лоренцо Великолепный. — Лоренцо Медичи, тиран Флоренции.
  • Генрих Лев. — Герцог Саксонии и Баварии из рода Вельфов.
  • Альбрехт Медведь. — Герцог Саксонии, основатель и первый маркграф Бранденбургской марки.

26 августа 1346 года на севере Франции у местечка Креси произошло одно из важнейших сражений Столетней войны. Английская армия, применив революционную тактику, нанесла сокрушительное поражение французскому войску. По мнению многих историков эта битва положила начало закату эпохи рыцарства.

Первое десятилетие Столетней войны, которую в 1337 году начал английский король Эдуард III за французскую корону, складывались для англичан не слишком удачно. Попытки Эдуарда вторгнуться с армией во Францию через Фландрию терпели неудачу одна за другой, виной чему были постоянная нехватка средств и политические просчеты при заключении альянсов.

Первые успехи появились у англичан летом 1346 года, после того, как Эдуард изменил маршрут и вторгся в Нормандию. Его армия сумела одержать ряд побед (при Кане и при Бланштаке), которые хотя и не имели стратегического значения, но укрепили моральный дух войска и подняли авторитет самого короля.

Умело избежав ловушки, которую французы готовили в междуречье Сены и Соммы, английская армия в результате маневра оказалась в 10 километрах от границы Фландрии у местечка Креси, где Эдуард решил дать генеральное сражение. Выбор короля определялся выгодной позицией — англичане расположились на вершине пологого холма с тремя насыпями по фронту. Фланги армии были прикрыты естественными препятствиями. Сам король со свитой занял мельницу на небольшом холме, который закрывал армию с тыла и с которого он мог контролировать ход всего сражения.

В такой сильной оборонительной позиции Эдуард отдал коннице приказ принять сражение спешившись. Он разделил армию на три крупных части. На правом фланге в соответствии с традицией располагался авангард армии под командованием шестнадцатилетнего сына короля — Чёрного Принца. Арьергард на левом фланге возглавил граф Нортхемптон. Войсками в центре руководил сам король. Английские лучники расположились в виде клиньев, полых или заполненных, впереди позиции рыцарей и латников вдоль гребня холма.

Англичане имели, по различным данным, от 8000 и до 20 000 воинов (самая распространенная версия — около 12 тысяч). Такая же неопределенность и с их противниками — французами. Некоторые историки приводят совершенно невероятные для того времени цифры (до 100 тысяч), но большинство сходятся на максимальной численности в 25 000 воинов, из которых непосредственно в сражении участвовало 10−15 тысяч. Отставшие части (в основном пехота) просто не успели вступить в бой.

При этом Французская армия, ведомая самим Филиппом VI, была сильно дезорганизована по причине излишней уверенности французских рыцарей в исходе сражения. Они оказывали сильнейшее давление на французского короля, который видя тактическое преимущество позиции англичан, безуспешно пытался избежать сражения. В результате уставшая с марша французская армия начала разрозненную атаку хорошо укрепленных позиций отдохнувших англичан.

Первыми в атаку пошли арбалетчики, начав обстрел английской пехоты. Однако их атака оказалась совершенно бесполезной. Имея скорострельность от 3 до 5 стрел в минуту, они не шли ни в какое сравнение с английскими лучниками, которые за то же время могли произвести 10—12 залпов. Более того, арбалеты пострадали от дождя, прошедшего перед битвой, в то время как простой лучник мог легко отвязать тетиву своего лука на время ненастья. Арбалетчики не имели при себе даже щитов, которые остались в отставшем обозе. Напуганным и сбитым с толку генуэзским арбалетчикам под ливнем вражеских стрел пришлось с тяжёлыми потерями отойти.

Увидев неудачу арбалетчиков, французская кавалерия выстроилась рядами и тоже пошла в наступление прямо через отступающих генуэзцев. Однако, подъём на холм и искусственные препятствия нарушили стройность кавалерийских рядов, а стрельба из длинных луков не прекращалась ни на минуту. Французам не удалось нарушить боевой строй англичан даже после 16 атак и ужасающих потерь. В этом сражении стяжал свою первую славу Черный Принц, отряд которого отразил все нападения. При этом Эдуард отказался направить сыну подмогу, заявив, что тот должен сам заслужить звание рыцаря.

С наступлением ночи Филипп VI, который сам был ранен в сражении приказал трубить отход. Франция потерпела свое первое сокрушительное поражение в Столетней войне. Общие французские потери оцениваются примерно в 15 тысяч убитыми и ранеными (наиболее вероятная цифра), включая 11 принцев и 1200 рыцарей. При этом английские хронисты утверждают, что в армии Эдуарда погибло всего 250 человек, что скорее всего является весьма заниженной цифрой.

Победа англичан при Креси не привела к уничтожению французской рыцарской армии. Большая часть раненых феодалов сумела избежать плена, покинув поле боя, воспользовавшись темнотой. Однако психологический эффект был огромным. Эдуард III получил поддержку у английской знати. Это помогло впоследствии собирать средства для продолжения длительной войны. Французское рыцарство испытало тяжелый моральный удар. Если при Креси рыцари демонстрировали высокий боевой дух и самопожертвование, то позже, при Пуатье, во французской армии оказалось немало дезертиров и уклонистов.

Это сражение считается началом конца рыцарской эпохи в военном деле. Во-первых, в ходе битвы были убиты многие пленные и раненные, что противоречило рыцарскому кодексу ведения войны. Во-вторых, конные рыцари перестали считаться «неуязвимыми» перед лицом пехоты.

Siege of Calais
Part of the Crécy campaign during the Hundred Years’ War
A colourful Medieval depiction of the Siege of Calais
A Medieval depiction of the Siege of Calais
Date 4 September 1346 – 3 August 1347
Location

Calais, France

50°57′29″N 1°51′11″E / 50.9580°N 1.8530°E

Result English victory
Belligerents
England France
Commanders and leaders
Edward III Jean de Vienne
Strength
• Between 5,000 and 32,000 soldiers at different times
• Up to 20,000 Flemish allies
• Up to 24,000 sailors in the supporting fleet
• Garrison size – unknown
• Field army – up to 20,000

The siege of Calais (4 September 1346 – 3 August 1347) occurred at the conclusion of the Crécy campaign, when an English army under the command of King Edward III of England successfully besieged the French town of Calais during the Edwardian phase of the Hundred Years’ War.

The English army of some 10,000 men had landed in northern Normandy on 12 July 1346. They embarked on a large-scale raid, or chevauchée, devastating large parts of northern France. On 26 August 1346, fighting on ground of their own choosing, the English inflicted a heavy defeat on a large French army led by their king Philip VI at the Battle of Crécy. A week later the English invested the well-fortified port of Calais, which had a strong garrison under the command of Jean de Vienne. Edward made several unsuccessful attempts to breach the walls or to take the town by assault, either from the land or seaward sides. During the winter and spring the French were able to run in supplies and reinforcements by sea, but in late April the English established a fortification which enabled them to command the entrance to the harbour and cut off the further flow of supplies.

On 25 June Jean de Vienne wrote to Philip stating that their food was exhausted. On 17 July Philip marched north with an army estimated at between 15,000 and 20,000 men. Confronted with a well-entrenched English and Flemish force of more than 50,000, he withdrew. On 3 August Calais capitulated. It provided the English with an important strategic lodgement for the remainder of the Hundred Years’ War and beyond. The port was not recaptured by the French until 1558.

Background[edit]

Since the Norman Conquest of 1066, English monarchs had held titles and lands within France, the possession of which made them vassals of the kings of France. The status of the English king’s French fiefs was a major source of conflict between the two monarchies throughout the Middle Ages. French monarchs systematically sought to check the growth of English power, stripping away lands as the opportunity arose.[1] Over the centuries, English holdings in France had varied in size, but by 1337 only Gascony in south-western France was left.[2] The Gascons preferred their relationship with a distant English king who left them alone, to one with a French king who would interfere in their affairs.[3][4] Following a series of disagreements between Philip VI of France (r. 1328–1350) and Edward III of England (r. 1327–1377), on 24 May 1337 Philip’s Great Council in Paris agreed that Gascony and Ponthieu should be taken back into Philip’s hands on the grounds that Edward was in breach of his obligations as a vassal. This marked the start of the Hundred Years’ War, which was to last 116 years.[5]

Prelude[edit]

A map of south east England and north east France showing a route from Portsmouth, across the channel to Brittany, before moving along and up the coast to Calais

Map of the route of Edward III’s chevauchée of 1346

Although Gascony was the cause of the war, Edward was able to spare few resources for it; whenever an English army had campaigned on the continent, it had operated in northern France.[6] In 1346 Edward raised an army in England and the largest fleet ever assembled by the English to that date,[7] 747 ships.[8] The fleet landed on 12 July at St. Vaast la Hogue,[9] 20 miles (32 km) from Cherbourg. The English army is estimated by modern historians to have been some 10,000 strong, and consisted of English and Welsh soldiers and a small number of German and Breton mercenaries and allies.[10][11] The English achieved complete strategic surprise and marched south.[12]

Edward’s aim was to conduct a chevauchée, a large-scale raid, across French territory to reduce his opponent’s morale and wealth.[13] His soldiers razed every town in their path and looted whatever they could from the populace. The English fleet paralleled the army’s route and landing parties devastated the country for up to 5 miles (8 km) inland, taking vast amounts of loot; after their crews filled their holds, many ships deserted.[14] They also captured or burnt more than 100 French ships; 61 of these had been converted into military vessels.[12] Caen, the cultural, political, religious and financial centre of north-west Normandy, was stormed on 26 July. Most of the population was massacred, there was an orgy of drunken rape[15][16] and the city was sacked for five days. The English army marched out towards the River Seine on 1 August.[17]

They devastated the country to the suburbs of Rouen before leaving a swath of destruction, rape and slaughter along the left bank of the Seine to Poissy, 20 miles (32 km) from Paris.[18][19] Duke John of Normandy, Philip’s oldest son and heir, had been in charge of France’s main army, campaigning in the English occupied province of Gascony in south-west France; Philip ordered him north, to reinforce the army facing Edward.[20] Meanwhile, the English had turned north and become trapped in territory which the French had denuded of food. They escaped by fighting their way across the Somme against a French blocking force.[21][22][23] Two days later, on 26 August 1346, fighting on ground of their own choosing, the English inflicted a heavy defeat on the French at the Battle of Crécy.[24]

Siege[edit]

An image of Philip VI, wearing a red robe, a grey cape, a gold sash, a gold crown and holding a gold sceptre

After resting for two days and burying the dead, the English, requiring supplies and reinforcements, marched north. They continued to devastate the land, and razed several towns, including Wissant, the normal port of disembarkation for English shipping to north-east France.[25] Outside the burning town Edward held a council, which decided to capture Calais. The city was an ideal entrepôt from an English point of view, and close to the border of Flanders and Edward’s Flemish allies.[26][27] The English arrived outside the town on 4 September and besieged it.[28]

Calais was strongly fortified: it boasted a double moat, substantial city walls, and its citadel in the north-west corner had its own moat and additional fortifications. It was surrounded by extensive marshes, some of them tidal, making it difficult to find stable platforms for trebuchets and other artillery, or to mine the walls.[28][29] It was adequately garrisoned and provisioned, and was under the command of the experienced Jean de Vienne. It could be readily reinforced and supplied by sea.[30][31][32] The day after the siege commenced, English ships arrived offshore and resupplied, re-equipped and reinforced the English army.[33] The English settled down for a lengthy stay, establishing a thriving camp to the west, Nouville, or «New Town», with two market days each week.[34] A major victualling operation drew on sources throughout England and Wales to supply the besiegers, as well as overland from nearby Flanders.[35] A total of 853 ships, crewed by 24,000 sailors, were involved over the course of the siege;[note 1] an unprecedented effort.[8] Wearied by nine years of war, Parliament grudgingly agreed to fund the siege.[31] Edward declared it a matter of honour and avowed his intent to remain until the town fell. Two cardinals acting as emissaries from Pope Clement VI, who had been unsuccessfully attempting to negotiate a halt to hostilities since July 1346, continued to travel between the armies, but neither king would speak to them.[35]

French disorder[edit]

Philip vacillated: on the day the siege of Calais began he disbanded most of his army to save money, convinced that Edward had finished his chevauchée and would proceed to Flanders and ship his army home. On or shortly after 7 September, Duke John made contact with Philip, having already disbanded his own army. On 9 September Philip announced that the army would reassemble at Compiègne on 1 October, an impossibly short interval, and then march to the relief of Calais.[37] Among other consequences, this equivocation allowed the English forces in the south west, under the Duke of Lancaster, to launch offensives into Quercy and the Bazadais; and launch a major raid 160 miles (260 km) north through Saintonge, Aunis and Poitou, capturing numerous towns, castles and smaller fortified places and storming the rich city of Poitiers. These offensives completely disrupted the French defences and shifted the focus of the fighting from the heart of Gascony to 60 miles (97 km) or more beyond its borders.[38][39] Few French troops had arrived at Compiègne by 1 October and as Philip and his court waited for the numbers to swell, news of Lancaster’s conquests came in. It was believed that Lancaster was heading for Paris, and in order to block this the French changed the assembly point for any men not already committed to Compiègne to Orléans, and reinforced them with some of those already mustered. After Lancaster turned south to head back to Gascony, those Frenchmen already at or heading towards Orléans were redirected to Compiègne; French planning collapsed into chaos.[40]

Since June Philip had been calling on the Scots to fulfil their obligation under the terms of the Auld Alliance and invade England. The Scottish king, David II, convinced that English force was focused entirely on France, obliged on 7 October.[41][42] He was brought to battle at Neville’s Cross on 17 October by a smaller English force raised exclusively from the northern English counties. The battle ended with the rout of the Scots, the capture of their king and the death or capture of most of their leadership.[43] Strategically this freed English resources for the war against France, and the English border counties were able to guard against the remaining Scottish threat from their own resources.[44][45]

Even though only 3,000 men-at-arms had assembled at Compiègne, the French treasurer was unable to pay them.[31] Philip cancelled all offensive arrangements on 27 October and dispersed his army.[46] Recriminations were rife: the Marshal of France, Charles de Montmorency, was sacked; officials at all levels of the Chambre des Comptes (the French treasury) were dismissed; all financial affairs were put into the hands of a committee of three senior abbots; the King’s council bent their efforts to blaming each other for the kingdom’s misfortunes; Duke John fell out with his father and refused to attend court for several months; Joan of Navarre, daughter of an earlier king of France (Louis X) and previously a staunch supporter of Philip, declared neutrality, signed a private truce with Lancaster, and denied Philip access to Navarrese fortifications – Philip was considerably chagrined, but unable to counter this.[46][47]

Military operations[edit]

A colourful contemporary image of a Medieval town under assault

A medieval town under assault; miniature from a chronicle by Jean Froissart

During the winter of 1346–47 the English army shrank, possibly to as few as 5,000 men at some points. This was due to: many soldiers’ terms of service expiring; a deliberate reduction by Edward for reasons of economy; an outbreak of dysentery in Neuville which caused major loss of life;[note 2] and widespread desertion.[49] Despite his reduced numbers, between mid-November and late February Edward made several attempts to breach the walls with trebuchets or cannon, or to take the town by assault, either from the land or seaward sides; all were unsuccessful.[50][51] During the winter the French made great efforts to strengthen their naval resources. This included French and mercenary Italian galleys and French merchant ships, many adapted for military use. During March and April, more than 1,000 long tons (1,000 t) of supplies were run into Calais without opposition.[52] Philip attempted to take the field with his army in late April, but the French ability to assemble in a timely fashion had not improved since the autumn and by July it had still not fully mustered.[53] Taxes proved ever more difficult to collect, with many towns using all available funds to reinforce their walls or equip their militia, and much of the nobility crippled by debt they had accumulated paying for the previous nine years of war.[54] Several French nobles suggested to Edward that they may switch their allegiance.[55] Inconclusive fighting occurred in April and May: the French tried and failed to cut the English supply route to Flanders, while the English tried and failed to capture Saint-Omer and Lille.[56] In June the French attempted to secure their flank by launching a major offensive against the Flemings; this was defeated at Cassel.[57]

Early in 1347 Edward took steps to substantially increase the size of his army; in large part he was able to do this because the Scottish army’s threat to the north of England and the French navy’s threat to the south were much reduced. It is known, for example, that he ordered the recruitment of 7,200 archers; this is nearly as many men as the entire invasion force of the previous year.[58] In late April the English established a fortification on the end of the spit of sand to the north of Calais, which enabled them to command the entrance to the harbour and prevent any further supplies reaching the garrison.[31][59] In May, June and July the French attempted to force convoys through, unsuccessfully.[60] On 25 June the commander of the Calais garrison wrote to Philip stating that their food was exhausted and suggesting that they may have to resort to cannibalism.[60] Despite increasing financial difficulties, the English steadily reinforced their army through 1347, reaching a peak strength of 32,000; the largest English army to be deployed overseas prior to 1600.[45][61] 20,000 Flemings were gathered within a day’s march of Calais.[61] English shipping ran an effective ferry service to the siege from June 1347, bringing in supplies, equipment and reinforcements.[62]

On 17 July Philip led the French army north. Alerted to this, Edward called the Flemings to Calais. On 27 July the French came within view of the town, 6 miles (10 km) away. Their army was between 15,000 and 20,000 strong; a third of the size of the English and their allies, who had prepared earthworks and palisades across every approach. The English position was clearly unassailable.[31] In an attempt to save face, Philip now admitted the Pope’s emissaries to an audience. They in turn arranged talks, but after four days of wrangling these came to nothing. On 1 August the garrison of Calais, having observed the French army seemingly within reach for a week, signalled that they were on the verge of surrender. That night the French army withdrew.[63][64] On 3 August 1347 Calais surrendered. The entire French population was expelled. A vast amount of booty was found within the town. Edward repopulated the town with English settlers.[65][66]

Subsequent activities[edit]

A head and shoulders painting of Edward III, in armour and bearing a sword

As soon as Calais capitulated, Edward paid off a large part of his army and released his Flemish allies. Philip in turn stood down the French army. Edward promptly launched strong raids up to 30 miles (48 km) into French territory.[67] Philip attempted to recall his army, setting a date of 1 September, but experienced serious difficulties. His treasury was exhausted and taxes for the war had to be collected in many places at sword point. Despite these exigencies, ready cash was not forthcoming.[68] The French army had little stomach for further conflict, and Philip was reduced to threatening to confiscate the estates of nobles who refused to muster.[68] He set back the date for his army to assemble by a month.[68] Edward also had difficulties in raising money, partly due to the unexpected timing of the need; he employed draconian measures, which were extremely unpopular.[69] The English also suffered a pair of military setbacks: a large raid was routed by the French garrison of Saint-Omer; and a supply convoy en route to Calais was captured by French raiders from Boulogne.[68]

Given the military misfortunes and financial exhaustion of both sides, the Pope’s emissaries now found willing listeners. Negotiations began on 4 September and by the 28th a truce had been agreed.[70] The treaty strongly favoured the English, and confirmed them in possession of all of their territorial conquests.[70] The Truce of Calais was agreed to run for nine months to 7 July 1348, but was extended repeatedly over the years until it was formally set aside in 1355.[71] The truce did not stop the ongoing naval clashes between the two countries, nor the fighting in Gascony and Brittany. After full-scale war resumed in 1355 it continued until 1360, when it ended in an English victory with the Treaty of Brétigny.[72] The period of the chevauchée, from the landing in Normandy to the fall of Calais, became known as Edward III’s annus mirabilis (year of marvels).[8]

Aftermath[edit]

Gold quarter noble of Edward III minted in Calais between 1361 and 1369

Calais was vital to England’s effort against the French for the rest of the war,[30][65] it being all but impossible to land a large force other than at a friendly port. It also allowed the accumulation of supplies and materiel prior to a campaign. A ring of substantial fortifications defending the approaches to Calais was rapidly constructed, marking the boundary of an area known as the Pale of Calais. The town had an extremely large standing garrison of 1,400 men, virtually a small army, under the overall command of the Captain of Calais, who had numerous deputies and specialist under-officers.[30][73] Edward granted Calais numerous trade concessions or privileges and it became the main port of entry for English exports to the continent, a position which it still holds.[30][74] Calais was finally lost by the English monarch Mary I, following the 1558 siege of Calais. The fall of Calais marked the loss of England’s last possession in mainland France.[75]

Memorials[edit]

Six life-size bronze statues of men wearing robes and expressions of distress

In 1884, Calais commissioned a statue by Auguste Rodin of the town leaders at the moment of their surrender to Edward. The resulting work, The Burghers of Calais, was completed in 1889.[76] An account by the contemporary chronicler Froissart claims that the burghers expected to be executed, but their lives were spared by the intervention of England’s queen, Philippa of Hainault, Froissart’s patron, who persuaded her husband to exercise mercy.[77]

Notes, citations and sources[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This is separate from the 747 vessels involved in shipping the army to Normandy in July 1346.[36]
  2. ^ The contemporary chronicler Thomas of Burton claimed that dysentery halved the effective strength of the English army, and that it was God’s punishment for the large number of prostitutes in Nouville.[48]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Prestwich 2007, p. 394.
  2. ^ Harris 1994, p. 8.
  3. ^ Crowcroft & Cannon 2015, p. 389.
  4. ^ Lacey 2008, p. 122.
  5. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 184.
  6. ^ Rogers 2004, p. 95.
  7. ^ Rodger 2004, p. 102.
  8. ^ a b c Lambert 2011, p. 247.
  9. ^ Oman 1998, p. 131.
  10. ^ Burne 1999, p. 138.
  11. ^ Allmand 1989, p. 15.
  12. ^ a b Rodger 2004, p. 103.
  13. ^ Rogers 1994, p. 92.
  14. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 507.
  15. ^ Ormrod 2008.
  16. ^ Ormrod 1990, p. 275.
  17. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 507–510.
  18. ^ Burne 1999, p. 150.
  19. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 514–515.
  20. ^ Rogers 2010.
  21. ^ Curry 2002, pp. 31–39.
  22. ^ Hardy 2010, pp. 64–65.
  23. ^ Burne 1999, pp. 156–160.
  24. ^ DeVries 1998, pp. 166–175.
  25. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 532.
  26. ^ Oman 1998, p. 148.
  27. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 532, 534.
  28. ^ a b Burne 1999, p. 207.
  29. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 535.
  30. ^ a b c d Wagner 2006a, p. 72.
  31. ^ a b c d e Wagner 2006b, p. 73.
  32. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 535, 557.
  33. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 537.
  34. ^ Burne 1999, p. 210.
  35. ^ a b Sumption 1990, pp. 537–538, 557.
  36. ^ Lambert 2011, p. 247 n. 11.
  37. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 539.
  38. ^ Fowler 1969, pp. 67–71.
  39. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 541–550.
  40. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 554.
  41. ^ Penman 2004, pp. 157–180.
  42. ^ Nicholson 1974, p. 111.
  43. ^ Wagner 2006d, pp. 228–229.
  44. ^ Sumption 1999, pp. 145–148.
  45. ^ a b Ormrod 1990, p. 17.
  46. ^ a b Sumption 1990, pp. 554–556.
  47. ^ Lambert 2011, p. 255.
  48. ^ DeVries 1998, p. 176.
  49. ^ Lambert 2011, p. 253.
  50. ^ Adams 2017.
  51. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 558.
  52. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 559–560.
  53. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 560.
  54. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 560–561.
  55. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 562.
  56. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 565, 567.
  57. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 570–571.
  58. ^ Lambert 2011, p. 249.
  59. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 568.
  60. ^ a b Sumption 1990, pp. 576–577.
  61. ^ a b Sumption 1990, p. 578.
  62. ^ Lambert 2011, pp. 251, 256.
  63. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 578–580.
  64. ^ Oman 1998, pp. 153–154.
  65. ^ a b Wagner 2006b, p. 74.
  66. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 580–583.
  67. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 583.
  68. ^ a b c d Sumption 1990, p. 584.
  69. ^ Ormrod 1990, pp. 21, 189.
  70. ^ a b Sumption 1990, p. 585.
  71. ^ Wagner 2006c, pp. 74–75.
  72. ^ Rogers 1994, p. 102.
  73. ^ Sumption 1999, pp. 19–21, 23.
  74. ^ Corfis & Wolfe 1999, p. 55.
  75. ^ Jaques 2007, p. 184.
  76. ^ Jianou 1970, p. 69.
  77. ^ Froissart 1908, p. 125.

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Siege of Calais
Part of the Crécy campaign during the Hundred Years’ War
A colourful Medieval depiction of the Siege of Calais
A Medieval depiction of the Siege of Calais
Date 4 September 1346 – 3 August 1347
Location

Calais, France

50°57′29″N 1°51′11″E / 50.9580°N 1.8530°E

Result English victory
Belligerents
England France
Commanders and leaders
Edward III Jean de Vienne
Strength
• Between 5,000 and 32,000 soldiers at different times
• Up to 20,000 Flemish allies
• Up to 24,000 sailors in the supporting fleet
• Garrison size – unknown
• Field army – up to 20,000

The siege of Calais (4 September 1346 – 3 August 1347) occurred at the conclusion of the Crécy campaign, when an English army under the command of King Edward III of England successfully besieged the French town of Calais during the Edwardian phase of the Hundred Years’ War.

The English army of some 10,000 men had landed in northern Normandy on 12 July 1346. They embarked on a large-scale raid, or chevauchée, devastating large parts of northern France. On 26 August 1346, fighting on ground of their own choosing, the English inflicted a heavy defeat on a large French army led by their king Philip VI at the Battle of Crécy. A week later the English invested the well-fortified port of Calais, which had a strong garrison under the command of Jean de Vienne. Edward made several unsuccessful attempts to breach the walls or to take the town by assault, either from the land or seaward sides. During the winter and spring the French were able to run in supplies and reinforcements by sea, but in late April the English established a fortification which enabled them to command the entrance to the harbour and cut off the further flow of supplies.

On 25 June Jean de Vienne wrote to Philip stating that their food was exhausted. On 17 July Philip marched north with an army estimated at between 15,000 and 20,000 men. Confronted with a well-entrenched English and Flemish force of more than 50,000, he withdrew. On 3 August Calais capitulated. It provided the English with an important strategic lodgement for the remainder of the Hundred Years’ War and beyond. The port was not recaptured by the French until 1558.

Background[edit]

Since the Norman Conquest of 1066, English monarchs had held titles and lands within France, the possession of which made them vassals of the kings of France. The status of the English king’s French fiefs was a major source of conflict between the two monarchies throughout the Middle Ages. French monarchs systematically sought to check the growth of English power, stripping away lands as the opportunity arose.[1] Over the centuries, English holdings in France had varied in size, but by 1337 only Gascony in south-western France was left.[2] The Gascons preferred their relationship with a distant English king who left them alone, to one with a French king who would interfere in their affairs.[3][4] Following a series of disagreements between Philip VI of France (r. 1328–1350) and Edward III of England (r. 1327–1377), on 24 May 1337 Philip’s Great Council in Paris agreed that Gascony and Ponthieu should be taken back into Philip’s hands on the grounds that Edward was in breach of his obligations as a vassal. This marked the start of the Hundred Years’ War, which was to last 116 years.[5]

Prelude[edit]

A map of south east England and north east France showing a route from Portsmouth, across the channel to Brittany, before moving along and up the coast to Calais

Map of the route of Edward III’s chevauchée of 1346

Although Gascony was the cause of the war, Edward was able to spare few resources for it; whenever an English army had campaigned on the continent, it had operated in northern France.[6] In 1346 Edward raised an army in England and the largest fleet ever assembled by the English to that date,[7] 747 ships.[8] The fleet landed on 12 July at St. Vaast la Hogue,[9] 20 miles (32 km) from Cherbourg. The English army is estimated by modern historians to have been some 10,000 strong, and consisted of English and Welsh soldiers and a small number of German and Breton mercenaries and allies.[10][11] The English achieved complete strategic surprise and marched south.[12]

Edward’s aim was to conduct a chevauchée, a large-scale raid, across French territory to reduce his opponent’s morale and wealth.[13] His soldiers razed every town in their path and looted whatever they could from the populace. The English fleet paralleled the army’s route and landing parties devastated the country for up to 5 miles (8 km) inland, taking vast amounts of loot; after their crews filled their holds, many ships deserted.[14] They also captured or burnt more than 100 French ships; 61 of these had been converted into military vessels.[12] Caen, the cultural, political, religious and financial centre of north-west Normandy, was stormed on 26 July. Most of the population was massacred, there was an orgy of drunken rape[15][16] and the city was sacked for five days. The English army marched out towards the River Seine on 1 August.[17]

They devastated the country to the suburbs of Rouen before leaving a swath of destruction, rape and slaughter along the left bank of the Seine to Poissy, 20 miles (32 km) from Paris.[18][19] Duke John of Normandy, Philip’s oldest son and heir, had been in charge of France’s main army, campaigning in the English occupied province of Gascony in south-west France; Philip ordered him north, to reinforce the army facing Edward.[20] Meanwhile, the English had turned north and become trapped in territory which the French had denuded of food. They escaped by fighting their way across the Somme against a French blocking force.[21][22][23] Two days later, on 26 August 1346, fighting on ground of their own choosing, the English inflicted a heavy defeat on the French at the Battle of Crécy.[24]

Siege[edit]

An image of Philip VI, wearing a red robe, a grey cape, a gold sash, a gold crown and holding a gold sceptre

After resting for two days and burying the dead, the English, requiring supplies and reinforcements, marched north. They continued to devastate the land, and razed several towns, including Wissant, the normal port of disembarkation for English shipping to north-east France.[25] Outside the burning town Edward held a council, which decided to capture Calais. The city was an ideal entrepôt from an English point of view, and close to the border of Flanders and Edward’s Flemish allies.[26][27] The English arrived outside the town on 4 September and besieged it.[28]

Calais was strongly fortified: it boasted a double moat, substantial city walls, and its citadel in the north-west corner had its own moat and additional fortifications. It was surrounded by extensive marshes, some of them tidal, making it difficult to find stable platforms for trebuchets and other artillery, or to mine the walls.[28][29] It was adequately garrisoned and provisioned, and was under the command of the experienced Jean de Vienne. It could be readily reinforced and supplied by sea.[30][31][32] The day after the siege commenced, English ships arrived offshore and resupplied, re-equipped and reinforced the English army.[33] The English settled down for a lengthy stay, establishing a thriving camp to the west, Nouville, or «New Town», with two market days each week.[34] A major victualling operation drew on sources throughout England and Wales to supply the besiegers, as well as overland from nearby Flanders.[35] A total of 853 ships, crewed by 24,000 sailors, were involved over the course of the siege;[note 1] an unprecedented effort.[8] Wearied by nine years of war, Parliament grudgingly agreed to fund the siege.[31] Edward declared it a matter of honour and avowed his intent to remain until the town fell. Two cardinals acting as emissaries from Pope Clement VI, who had been unsuccessfully attempting to negotiate a halt to hostilities since July 1346, continued to travel between the armies, but neither king would speak to them.[35]

French disorder[edit]

Philip vacillated: on the day the siege of Calais began he disbanded most of his army to save money, convinced that Edward had finished his chevauchée and would proceed to Flanders and ship his army home. On or shortly after 7 September, Duke John made contact with Philip, having already disbanded his own army. On 9 September Philip announced that the army would reassemble at Compiègne on 1 October, an impossibly short interval, and then march to the relief of Calais.[37] Among other consequences, this equivocation allowed the English forces in the south west, under the Duke of Lancaster, to launch offensives into Quercy and the Bazadais; and launch a major raid 160 miles (260 km) north through Saintonge, Aunis and Poitou, capturing numerous towns, castles and smaller fortified places and storming the rich city of Poitiers. These offensives completely disrupted the French defences and shifted the focus of the fighting from the heart of Gascony to 60 miles (97 km) or more beyond its borders.[38][39] Few French troops had arrived at Compiègne by 1 October and as Philip and his court waited for the numbers to swell, news of Lancaster’s conquests came in. It was believed that Lancaster was heading for Paris, and in order to block this the French changed the assembly point for any men not already committed to Compiègne to Orléans, and reinforced them with some of those already mustered. After Lancaster turned south to head back to Gascony, those Frenchmen already at or heading towards Orléans were redirected to Compiègne; French planning collapsed into chaos.[40]

Since June Philip had been calling on the Scots to fulfil their obligation under the terms of the Auld Alliance and invade England. The Scottish king, David II, convinced that English force was focused entirely on France, obliged on 7 October.[41][42] He was brought to battle at Neville’s Cross on 17 October by a smaller English force raised exclusively from the northern English counties. The battle ended with the rout of the Scots, the capture of their king and the death or capture of most of their leadership.[43] Strategically this freed English resources for the war against France, and the English border counties were able to guard against the remaining Scottish threat from their own resources.[44][45]

Even though only 3,000 men-at-arms had assembled at Compiègne, the French treasurer was unable to pay them.[31] Philip cancelled all offensive arrangements on 27 October and dispersed his army.[46] Recriminations were rife: the Marshal of France, Charles de Montmorency, was sacked; officials at all levels of the Chambre des Comptes (the French treasury) were dismissed; all financial affairs were put into the hands of a committee of three senior abbots; the King’s council bent their efforts to blaming each other for the kingdom’s misfortunes; Duke John fell out with his father and refused to attend court for several months; Joan of Navarre, daughter of an earlier king of France (Louis X) and previously a staunch supporter of Philip, declared neutrality, signed a private truce with Lancaster, and denied Philip access to Navarrese fortifications – Philip was considerably chagrined, but unable to counter this.[46][47]

Military operations[edit]

A colourful contemporary image of a Medieval town under assault

A medieval town under assault; miniature from a chronicle by Jean Froissart

During the winter of 1346–47 the English army shrank, possibly to as few as 5,000 men at some points. This was due to: many soldiers’ terms of service expiring; a deliberate reduction by Edward for reasons of economy; an outbreak of dysentery in Neuville which caused major loss of life;[note 2] and widespread desertion.[49] Despite his reduced numbers, between mid-November and late February Edward made several attempts to breach the walls with trebuchets or cannon, or to take the town by assault, either from the land or seaward sides; all were unsuccessful.[50][51] During the winter the French made great efforts to strengthen their naval resources. This included French and mercenary Italian galleys and French merchant ships, many adapted for military use. During March and April, more than 1,000 long tons (1,000 t) of supplies were run into Calais without opposition.[52] Philip attempted to take the field with his army in late April, but the French ability to assemble in a timely fashion had not improved since the autumn and by July it had still not fully mustered.[53] Taxes proved ever more difficult to collect, with many towns using all available funds to reinforce their walls or equip their militia, and much of the nobility crippled by debt they had accumulated paying for the previous nine years of war.[54] Several French nobles suggested to Edward that they may switch their allegiance.[55] Inconclusive fighting occurred in April and May: the French tried and failed to cut the English supply route to Flanders, while the English tried and failed to capture Saint-Omer and Lille.[56] In June the French attempted to secure their flank by launching a major offensive against the Flemings; this was defeated at Cassel.[57]

Early in 1347 Edward took steps to substantially increase the size of his army; in large part he was able to do this because the Scottish army’s threat to the north of England and the French navy’s threat to the south were much reduced. It is known, for example, that he ordered the recruitment of 7,200 archers; this is nearly as many men as the entire invasion force of the previous year.[58] In late April the English established a fortification on the end of the spit of sand to the north of Calais, which enabled them to command the entrance to the harbour and prevent any further supplies reaching the garrison.[31][59] In May, June and July the French attempted to force convoys through, unsuccessfully.[60] On 25 June the commander of the Calais garrison wrote to Philip stating that their food was exhausted and suggesting that they may have to resort to cannibalism.[60] Despite increasing financial difficulties, the English steadily reinforced their army through 1347, reaching a peak strength of 32,000; the largest English army to be deployed overseas prior to 1600.[45][61] 20,000 Flemings were gathered within a day’s march of Calais.[61] English shipping ran an effective ferry service to the siege from June 1347, bringing in supplies, equipment and reinforcements.[62]

On 17 July Philip led the French army north. Alerted to this, Edward called the Flemings to Calais. On 27 July the French came within view of the town, 6 miles (10 km) away. Their army was between 15,000 and 20,000 strong; a third of the size of the English and their allies, who had prepared earthworks and palisades across every approach. The English position was clearly unassailable.[31] In an attempt to save face, Philip now admitted the Pope’s emissaries to an audience. They in turn arranged talks, but after four days of wrangling these came to nothing. On 1 August the garrison of Calais, having observed the French army seemingly within reach for a week, signalled that they were on the verge of surrender. That night the French army withdrew.[63][64] On 3 August 1347 Calais surrendered. The entire French population was expelled. A vast amount of booty was found within the town. Edward repopulated the town with English settlers.[65][66]

Subsequent activities[edit]

A head and shoulders painting of Edward III, in armour and bearing a sword

As soon as Calais capitulated, Edward paid off a large part of his army and released his Flemish allies. Philip in turn stood down the French army. Edward promptly launched strong raids up to 30 miles (48 km) into French territory.[67] Philip attempted to recall his army, setting a date of 1 September, but experienced serious difficulties. His treasury was exhausted and taxes for the war had to be collected in many places at sword point. Despite these exigencies, ready cash was not forthcoming.[68] The French army had little stomach for further conflict, and Philip was reduced to threatening to confiscate the estates of nobles who refused to muster.[68] He set back the date for his army to assemble by a month.[68] Edward also had difficulties in raising money, partly due to the unexpected timing of the need; he employed draconian measures, which were extremely unpopular.[69] The English also suffered a pair of military setbacks: a large raid was routed by the French garrison of Saint-Omer; and a supply convoy en route to Calais was captured by French raiders from Boulogne.[68]

Given the military misfortunes and financial exhaustion of both sides, the Pope’s emissaries now found willing listeners. Negotiations began on 4 September and by the 28th a truce had been agreed.[70] The treaty strongly favoured the English, and confirmed them in possession of all of their territorial conquests.[70] The Truce of Calais was agreed to run for nine months to 7 July 1348, but was extended repeatedly over the years until it was formally set aside in 1355.[71] The truce did not stop the ongoing naval clashes between the two countries, nor the fighting in Gascony and Brittany. After full-scale war resumed in 1355 it continued until 1360, when it ended in an English victory with the Treaty of Brétigny.[72] The period of the chevauchée, from the landing in Normandy to the fall of Calais, became known as Edward III’s annus mirabilis (year of marvels).[8]

Aftermath[edit]

Gold quarter noble of Edward III minted in Calais between 1361 and 1369

Calais was vital to England’s effort against the French for the rest of the war,[30][65] it being all but impossible to land a large force other than at a friendly port. It also allowed the accumulation of supplies and materiel prior to a campaign. A ring of substantial fortifications defending the approaches to Calais was rapidly constructed, marking the boundary of an area known as the Pale of Calais. The town had an extremely large standing garrison of 1,400 men, virtually a small army, under the overall command of the Captain of Calais, who had numerous deputies and specialist under-officers.[30][73] Edward granted Calais numerous trade concessions or privileges and it became the main port of entry for English exports to the continent, a position which it still holds.[30][74] Calais was finally lost by the English monarch Mary I, following the 1558 siege of Calais. The fall of Calais marked the loss of England’s last possession in mainland France.[75]

Memorials[edit]

Six life-size bronze statues of men wearing robes and expressions of distress

In 1884, Calais commissioned a statue by Auguste Rodin of the town leaders at the moment of their surrender to Edward. The resulting work, The Burghers of Calais, was completed in 1889.[76] An account by the contemporary chronicler Froissart claims that the burghers expected to be executed, but their lives were spared by the intervention of England’s queen, Philippa of Hainault, Froissart’s patron, who persuaded her husband to exercise mercy.[77]

Notes, citations and sources[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This is separate from the 747 vessels involved in shipping the army to Normandy in July 1346.[36]
  2. ^ The contemporary chronicler Thomas of Burton claimed that dysentery halved the effective strength of the English army, and that it was God’s punishment for the large number of prostitutes in Nouville.[48]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Prestwich 2007, p. 394.
  2. ^ Harris 1994, p. 8.
  3. ^ Crowcroft & Cannon 2015, p. 389.
  4. ^ Lacey 2008, p. 122.
  5. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 184.
  6. ^ Rogers 2004, p. 95.
  7. ^ Rodger 2004, p. 102.
  8. ^ a b c Lambert 2011, p. 247.
  9. ^ Oman 1998, p. 131.
  10. ^ Burne 1999, p. 138.
  11. ^ Allmand 1989, p. 15.
  12. ^ a b Rodger 2004, p. 103.
  13. ^ Rogers 1994, p. 92.
  14. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 507.
  15. ^ Ormrod 2008.
  16. ^ Ormrod 1990, p. 275.
  17. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 507–510.
  18. ^ Burne 1999, p. 150.
  19. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 514–515.
  20. ^ Rogers 2010.
  21. ^ Curry 2002, pp. 31–39.
  22. ^ Hardy 2010, pp. 64–65.
  23. ^ Burne 1999, pp. 156–160.
  24. ^ DeVries 1998, pp. 166–175.
  25. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 532.
  26. ^ Oman 1998, p. 148.
  27. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 532, 534.
  28. ^ a b Burne 1999, p. 207.
  29. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 535.
  30. ^ a b c d Wagner 2006a, p. 72.
  31. ^ a b c d e Wagner 2006b, p. 73.
  32. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 535, 557.
  33. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 537.
  34. ^ Burne 1999, p. 210.
  35. ^ a b Sumption 1990, pp. 537–538, 557.
  36. ^ Lambert 2011, p. 247 n. 11.
  37. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 539.
  38. ^ Fowler 1969, pp. 67–71.
  39. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 541–550.
  40. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 554.
  41. ^ Penman 2004, pp. 157–180.
  42. ^ Nicholson 1974, p. 111.
  43. ^ Wagner 2006d, pp. 228–229.
  44. ^ Sumption 1999, pp. 145–148.
  45. ^ a b Ormrod 1990, p. 17.
  46. ^ a b Sumption 1990, pp. 554–556.
  47. ^ Lambert 2011, p. 255.
  48. ^ DeVries 1998, p. 176.
  49. ^ Lambert 2011, p. 253.
  50. ^ Adams 2017.
  51. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 558.
  52. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 559–560.
  53. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 560.
  54. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 560–561.
  55. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 562.
  56. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 565, 567.
  57. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 570–571.
  58. ^ Lambert 2011, p. 249.
  59. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 568.
  60. ^ a b Sumption 1990, pp. 576–577.
  61. ^ a b Sumption 1990, p. 578.
  62. ^ Lambert 2011, pp. 251, 256.
  63. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 578–580.
  64. ^ Oman 1998, pp. 153–154.
  65. ^ a b Wagner 2006b, p. 74.
  66. ^ Sumption 1990, pp. 580–583.
  67. ^ Sumption 1990, p. 583.
  68. ^ a b c d Sumption 1990, p. 584.
  69. ^ Ormrod 1990, pp. 21, 189.
  70. ^ a b Sumption 1990, p. 585.
  71. ^ Wagner 2006c, pp. 74–75.
  72. ^ Rogers 1994, p. 102.
  73. ^ Sumption 1999, pp. 19–21, 23.
  74. ^ Corfis & Wolfe 1999, p. 55.
  75. ^ Jaques 2007, p. 184.
  76. ^ Jianou 1970, p. 69.
  77. ^ Froissart 1908, p. 125.

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