July 27…1214: The Battle of Bouvines

One of the major battles of the Middle Ages, featuring troops from most of Europe on one side or the other, Bouvines ended English King John’s attempts to regain his lost lands in France back from Philip Augustus, even though John was not actually at the battle. Bouvines is also noteworthy for including phases that saw cavalry vs cavalry, cavalry/infantry vs cavalry/infantry, and infatry vs infantry, and also for it’s low body count due to armor of the day: 169 Allied knights killed, and 2 French knights, out of about 7500 Allied troops and 6000 French. On the other hand, the French took over 160 knights and nobles prisoner for ransom.

From Battles of the Medieval World:


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