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By Peter Hoskins

In 1355 the Black Prince took a military to Bordeaux and launched into chevauchées (mounted army expeditions, quite often characterized via the devastation of the encircling cities and countryside), which culminated in his decisive victory over King Jean II of France at Poitiers the next yr. utilizing the recorded itineraries as his start line, the writer of this booklet walked greater than 1,300 miles throughout France, retracing the routes of the armies looking for a better knowing of the Black Prince's excursion. He the 1355 chevauchée from Bordeaux to the Mediterranean and again, and that for 1356 from Aquitaine to the Loire, to the battlefield at Poitiers, and again back to Bordeaux. Drawing on his findings at the flooring, quite a lot of documentary resources, and the paintings of neighborhood historians, lots of whom the writer met on his travels, the e-book offers a different point of view at the Black Prince's chevauchées of 1355 and 1356 and the conflict of Poitiers, one of many maximum English triumphs of the Hundred Years struggle, demonstrating specifically the influence of the panorama at the campaigns.

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In the Steps of the Black Prince: The Road to Poitiers, 1355-1356

In 1355 the Black Prince took a military to Bordeaux and launched into chevauchées (mounted army expeditions, commonly characterized through the devastation of the encircling cities and countryside), which culminated in his decisive victory over King Jean II of France at Poitiers the next 12 months. utilizing the recorded itineraries as his start line, the writer of this ebook walked greater than 1,300 miles throughout France, retracing the routes of the armies looking for a better knowing of the Black Prince's day trip.

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Org/terms 24 the chevauchée in the languedoc, 1355 Map 4 Bordeaux to Arouille. org/terms bordeaux to arouille, 5–11 october 25 lords, and their immediate entourages, having been accommodated in Bordeaux, rode out on that first day to join the assembling army. Indeed, it is possible that elements of the Gascon troops coming from the east of the Garonne would join the army later, having crossed the river further to the south-east. The next stop for the prince was to be at Castets-en-Dorthe, twenty-eight miles on from Villenave.

The route climbs gently from Nogaro, and two miles from the town crests a ridge. On a clear day the mountains of the Pyrenees come into view for the first time, running like a majestic snow-clad rampart across the horizon more than sixty miles away. For men in the army who had never before seen anything higher than the mountains of Wales this must have been an impressive sight. Five miles along the ridge is a tall castle keep. It is the last vestige of the castle at Termes-d’Armagnac. The keep rises 120 feet above the surrounding countryside, and, standing on an escarpment a further 150 feet above the valley of the Adour and Arros rivers, it dominates the countryside to the south and southeast.

Bazas was a prominent town in Aquitaine and one whose history took it back and forth between English and French allegiance. It had most recently come across to the English cause in 1347, thanks to the efforts of Henry of Lancaster, largely in return for the grant of a customs exemption on wine produced within one league of the town. 27 Since it was the last large town before entering enemy territory it was a place to resupply and rest, and on Friday the army halted here and provisioned with wine and corn.

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