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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse12 Jan 2021 12:07 p.m. PST

"It took many decades for the French knighthood to admit that it had been repeatedly defeated by the "foot", whether the Flemish militias in Kortrijk or the English archers in Crécy, Poitiers and Azincourt. The military reforms of the reign of Charles VII led to the great ordinance of Orleans of 1439, to the creation of ordinance companies and franc-archers.

In 1429, the "mixed company of men-at-arms and draftmen" (archers and crossbowmen), under the command of a captain, replaced the old "lance", a tactical unit which surrounded each knight. The accounts drawn up for the siege of Orleans by Hémon Raguier, treasurer of the king's wars, give us the details, for example at the beginning of March 1429:…"




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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Jan 2021 12:16 p.m. PST

Courtesy of a Joan of Arc website [French text]

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