late in the summer of 1356 the oldest
son of England’s King Edward the Third, Edward the Black Prince, led a small army
from Bordeaux deep into the French King’s realm, raiding and pillaging the
towns and countryside. [French] “Hello” “Those’ll be English cattle now, friends” [French] “I think not” The new French King, John the Second, was filled with rage. He gathered a huge army that he would lead himself. King John caught
up with the English and cornered them near the town of Poitiers on September 19th, ten years after the humiliating defeat of the French at Crécy [on August 26, 1346]. “Holy Chevauchée!” “Well, we’re screwed” A Cardinal of the church persuaded the two sides to meet and try to reach a peaceful resolution. [Prince Edward] “We will give back everything we have taken” [Prince Edward] “and then our armies can part in peace.” [Prince Louis of France] “Give back what you stole?” [Prince Louis of France] “We will take it ourselves.” [French Emissary] “You must surrender yourself and all your greatest lords.” “Move all the wagons to the rear” [German] “Look – the wagons” [German] “They are fleeing!” [German] “Will you just watch them flee?!” [French] “Will you charge into those lines of archers?” [German] “Their arrows will bounce like raindrops!” [French] “I hope.” [French] “Or maybe this will remind me of Crecy.” “Collect your arrows!” [French] “They killed all the horses!” [French] “For the King!” [French] “Archers!” “Thank you Jesus!” “Oh thank you God for protecting us” “No – Thank you Jesus!” “Oh thank the Lord” “I can’t believe we survived!” [Indistinct French Orders] “Oh sh!t” “Indeed” “Captal de Buch must ride now!” “You have to ride now!” “Into their flank” King John and his younger son Louis were both captured and taken to England. Later, the King was released with Louis staying in London as security. But when Louis escaped from England, King John went back to captivity in London, as a matter of good faith and honor.