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Historydude1812 Nov 2019 9:16 p.m. PST

As the title suggests, which are your favorites to read about or game? Mine are Bannockburn and Agincourt because I have been reading about them for years and have visited both battlefields.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2019 7:25 a.m. PST

Mount Badon (5th-6th century, date and location unknown)
Camlann (5th-6th century, date and location unknown)
Catraeth (Y Goddidin) circa 600 AD
Edington 878
Maldon 991
Hastings 1066
Antioch 1098
Ascalon 1099
Arsuf 1191
Lewes 1264
Stirling Bridge 1297
Falkirk 1298
Bannockburn 1314
Crécy 1346
Poitiers 1356
Agincourt 1415

Offered solely in chronological order. And though the details are scant to non-existent for the pre-Medieval battles (Badon, Camlann, Catraeth), they're still fun to read about, speculate on, and game (heck, you can pretty much do as you like with these).

I've also done Evesham 1265, but in reality once the forces are in place, Simon de Montfort is doomed.

Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2019 9:12 a.m. PST

Bannockburn and Bouvines. Bannockburn because I have read about the Bruce since I was a kid and saw him as a hero. Bouvines because it is such a pivotal battle in medieval Europe and the kings/emperors both fought in the front lines.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2019 12:25 p.m. PST

Mortimers Cross
Ain Jalut
4th Kawanakajima

Yesthatphil13 Nov 2019 12:31 p.m. PST

Another vote for Bouvines – fits that intriguing category of massively inportant battles that very few people know much about. Edgcote 1469 fits that category too. I like Parzival's list too – particularly Arsuf. Probably not such a significant one though (as Richard declined to follow it up)


Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2019 1:07 p.m. PST

I like too many to have a favourite, I always have a soft spot for Mauron, as a classic Warbow v Knight battle. Arsuf is interesting as a Crusader battle, as is Ascalon.
I could go on….

KSmyth15 Nov 2019 9:30 a.m. PST

Poitiers 1356, due to its difference from other HYW battles A slog not a slaughter, and with it he capture of Jean, the effects were farther reaching and lasting.

Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Nov 2019 6:18 a.m. PST

Bouvines – made way for Friedrich II as Emperor. A really impressive character, and one of the reasons why the Pope invited the Anjou to take over Sicily – which later sprout the conflicting claims of Spain and France towards the kingdom of Sicily and Naples. Not to speak of what Bouvines meant for France, Germany and England.

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