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Louis IX and the Battle of Taillebourg (1242)

S8.08 Level 8 Strand Building
27/02/2018 (17:15-19:00)
Dr Alan James
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Speaker: Amicie Pélissié du Rausas

Chair: Dr Alan James

Outline: Vegetius' mainly focused on military organization and how to react to certain occasions in war. Vegetius explains how one should fortify and organize a camp, how to train troops, how to handle undisciplined troops, how to handle a battle engagement, how to march, formation gauge and many other useful methods of promoting organization and valour in the legion.

The Battle of Taillebourg was a 1242 battle between the Capetian troops of Louis IX and his brother Alphonse of Poitiers, against the rebel followers of Hugh X of Lusignan and Henry III of England. It was fought over the bridge built over the Charente River, a point of strategic importance on the route between northern and southern France. The battle resulted in a decisive victory for the French, and the end to the Poitevin revolt.

Biography: Amicie Pélissié du Rausas read History at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. After her MA Medieval History at King's College London in 2014, she worked for two years as a publisher in Paris. She is currently working on a PhD on AF diplomacy in the mid-13th century under the joint supervision of Professors M. Aurell and D. Carpenter. She is based at the university of Poitiers where she teaches early medieval history.

This event is being hosted by the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War and the Department of History.


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