|Poitiers map showing the consecutive advances of the French divisions, allowing their numerical superiority to be squandered.|
Green estimates the strength of the French at Poitiers as follows:
8,000 knights and men at arms
5-6000 light infantry. These could be a collection of the rather nice OG militia, halberdiers, pavisiers with spears. They lack arms, armor and most of all motivation.
The French were divided into several divisions including a mounted contingent. As you can see the French seriously outnumber the English, according to Green, some 15-16,000 against one that maxes out at 8,000. Historically the size of the French army was estimated as much larger, perhaps as many as 30,000. As Anne Curry (in Agincourt: A New History) has suggested, however, this is likely apocryphal-English mythmaking. Armies this large were simply too large to maintain in the field, and many of the troops, local levies, simply more trouble than they were worth.
|Scottish knight William Douglas rides to his doom with the Marshals of France.|
Vanguard-The French vanguard represents the opening cavalry charges by the Marshals and the first infantry assault that closely follows their charge.
Marshal Audrehem: 4-5 stands mounted knights
Marshal Clermont: 4-5 stands mounted knights
Vanguard foot under Constable Brienne:
Knights and men at arms (includes a German contingent under the Duke of Sarrbruck and others)
Light inantry: 5-8 stands
Crossbowmen: 15 stands
1st Division (Dauphin Charles)
Knights and men at arms: 20 bases (includes at least two bases of Scots led by William Douglas)
Light infantry: 10 bases
2nd Division: Duke of Orleans. These guys were not happy campers, with at least half the division drifting away before their attack. This division may never have contacted the English.
Knights and men at arms: 10-20 bases
Light infantry 10-20 bases
3rd Division: King Jean
Knights and men at arms: 30-35 bases. 20 of the bases should be elite
Light infantry: 15-20 bases
Crossbowmen: 5-6 bases
|In this fanciful picture, King John is captured by the Black Prince.|