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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #45 on: December 18, 2010, 10:44:11 pm »
To the east of the road (Godfrey's left flank, Alan's right), both sides are now fully engaged, but neither seems to be able to get the upper hand.

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #46 on: December 18, 2010, 10:46:06 pm »
As casualties mount on both sides, Duke Godfrey's own swordsmen dash forward to attack Orderic of Woodbridge and his men, whose ranks are now quite thinned.

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #47 on: December 18, 2010, 10:51:35 pm »
On the other wing, the men of Rainward fitzMauger, sheriff of Oakford (red cross and silver lozenge on green) move forward to support Chrodegang's increasingly hard-pressed swordsmen. Thinking they were getting the upper hand, this sudden counter-charge halts marshal Thurold's Templars and throws them into momentary confusion.

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #48 on: December 18, 2010, 10:53:49 pm »
And in the centre, following a close-range volley of arrows from some of Chrodegang's archers, the Beaumont billmen and swordsmen charge forward to engage Godfrey's pikemen, striking down the pikemen's banner-bearer and throwing them into confusion.

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #49 on: December 18, 2010, 10:56:43 pm »
As the cavalry battle in the centre continues to churn, Hubert of Millburg's remaining crossbowmen turn tail and run -- with their captain and banner-bearer both cut down by arrows, and nothing but more arrows in the offing, they have no stomach left for the fight.

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #50 on: December 18, 2010, 11:00:30 pm »
To the east of the great road, the battle now stretches in a long and bloody line. Oliver de Granville and all of his knights have fallen at the hands of Beaumont's supporters. At the far edge, Siward's horsemen have nearly flanked vice-marshal Guthmund's Teutonic knights, with Siward himself threatening the Teutonic banner.

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #51 on: December 18, 2010, 11:06:15 pm »
Erchengar moves his wolf-blazoned knights forward to support his infantry, and Gilbert fitzOsbern (the fat one in the sallet) waits for the right moment to strike in support of Duke Alan.

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #52 on: December 18, 2010, 11:08:03 pm »
Seeing their men momentarily falter, Duke Godfrey and marshal Thurold have to urge their men to keep heart and continue to press forward.

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #53 on: December 18, 2010, 11:11:44 pm »
Emboldened by their leaders' exhortations, the Duke of Malterre's men press forward, and the knights of Ville St Jean and de L'Isle charge again as well.

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #54 on: December 18, 2010, 11:15:25 pm »
The Beaumont infantry are now hard-pressed, and to their left, Chrodegang's division is now threatened by the advance of the griffin-badged footmen of the Earl of Newbridge.

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #55 on: December 18, 2010, 11:19:24 pm »
On the other wing, the mercenary captain Bartolomeo has his pikemen close ranks, trying to mitigate the losses his company has suffered. And in short succession, the Teutonic knights' vice-marshal and banner-bearer are struck down by Siward of Stanbricg's and his men, only for Siward himself to be felled a moment later

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #56 on: December 18, 2010, 11:21:30 pm »
The Teutonic knights are nearly overwhelmed..

But Malterre's swordsmen have nearly wiped out the men of Woodbridge, including lord Orderic himself!

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #57 on: December 18, 2010, 11:23:00 pm »
The rival dukes catch sight of each other across the wild melee...

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« Reply #58 on: December 18, 2010, 11:24:36 pm »
Two overhead shots of the battle at its height...

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Re: A further medieval battle
« Reply #59 on: December 18, 2010, 11:29:06 pm »
Under the pressure of repeated cavalry charges and then the attack of the Earl of Newbridge's infantry, Chrodegang's division begins to crumble and his men turn to flee...

On the other wing, Picot of Flittlowe's men also lose heart and seek to escape the carnage...