Medieval Battle of Poitiers: Fought in 1356 with Dr. Clifford Rogers

Medieval Battle of Poitiers: Fought in 1356 with Dr. Clifford Rogers


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A decade after Crécy, another French royal army clashed with an Anglo-Gascon force, led by Edward the Black Prince, a few miles outside of Poitiers. Again the English were badly outnumbered, and this time they had only around 2,000 archers, not 10,000. This time the French knew to be wary of the longbow and to respect their adversaries. They had, or so they thought, learned from Crécy and improved their tactics. 
Their confidence sprang from conviction, not arrogance: “in the ordinary course of things,” proclaimed the grizzled Scottish veteran Sir William Douglas, “the English cannot prevail.” But they did. Indeed, they triumphed, destroying the French army and capturing the king of France himself. Ultimately the battle was as decisive strategically as it was tactically. It was the primary cause of the English victory in the first phase of the Hundred Years War sealed by the Treaty of Brétigny, the worst humiliation suffered by the kingdom of France in its entire history. 
Led by an expert on the Hundred Years War, Professor Clifford J. Rogers, this Conversation will explain the strategy, tactics, outcome, and consequences of the Battle of Poitiers, highlighting and resolving some of the historical debates surrounding those topics. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the role, nature, and significance of generalship in medieval warfare, and an appreciation for how historians solve the puzzles of medieval military history. 
This conversation has been designed to be enjoyed as part of a series. For more in this multi-part series on medieval warfare, we invite you to explore:

Clifford J. Rogers is one of the world's leading military historians. He specializes in medieval warfare, and has written prize-winning books on English strategy under Edward III and on soldiers' lives in the Middle Ages. His many other books and articles have been honored with prizes from the Royal Historical Society, the Army Historical Foundation, the Society for Military History, and De Re Militari. A gifted teacher as well as a distinguished scholar, Prof. Rogers has received West Point's highest accolade for teaching, the Dean's Annual Award for Career Teaching Excellence. He is also the Senior Editor of the digital West Point History of Warfare and co-Editor of the Journal of Medieval Military History.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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