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On this day: The twilight of chivalry

On August 26, 1346, English forces badly defeated the army of Philip VI of France at the Battle of Crécy, the most important battle of the Hundred Years’ War.The attack of the French knights of the French knights resulted in a horrific bloodbath as arrows of the English longbowmen pierced through the armors of the French who were struck down in large numbers.

The number of French killed in the battle ranged between 10 and 20 thousand including 2 kings, 9 princes and 1,500 knights. On the other hand, a mere 80–100 English soldiers were left dead. Although armored knights riding on horseback had appeared in the battlefields for a long time, this clash clearly heralded the end of the age of chivalry.

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