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Battle of Crécy—The Optimal Balance
On August 26, 1346, the English army led by King Edward III and French forces under the command of King Philip VI met south of Calais near the village of Crécy-en-Ponthieu (see Illustration 17.1). Both armies were quite formidable by fourteenth-century standards; however the French side outnumbered the English by a healthy ratio of at least three to one. The English force of between 10,000 and 16,000 combatants had to face a French army of between 35,000 and 100,000 combatants, depending on which sources one chooses to believe. French forces were also supported by 6000 Genovese crossbowmen led by Carlo Grimaldi, an ancestor ...