Re: [SCA-Archery] Battle of Crecy
- The cliffnote answer:
English prepared for battle, in a good defensive position with good command control (no Saxon charges down hill, a la Hastings).
French not prepared for battle, with the leading missle element much less effective than should have been (their pavises were still in the baggage, and the strings were softened by a brief rain); poor command control allowing the arriving elements to attack piecemeal, and not using their numbers properly.
> English-5500 archers, 10000 Welsh spearman,2500 men at arms
> Total 9000
> French-Genoese crossbowman-6000, men at arms-10,000,feudal militia 14,000
> Outcome:10,000 casualties to the French,for a loss of 100 English
From Battles of the medieval World 1000-1500
> Archers rock!!!!!