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Contemporary Views of Edward III’s failure at the Siege of Tournai

Contemporary Views of Edward III’s failure at the Siege of Tournai

By Kelly DeVries

Nottingham Medieval Studies, Vol.39 (1995)

Synopsis: All military historical logic indicates that Edward III should not have been defeated at the siege of Tournai in 1340. He had superior numbers, many local allies, good supplies, a relief army unwilling to come to battle with him, and a town on the verge of hopeless starvation. He also had strong morale as he had recently shown himself to be capable of military victory. A similar situation would exist at the siege of Calais in 1346-7, and that siege would be successful. So what happened at Tournai in 1340?

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