Lead: In August 1346, their backs to the River Somme, the rough, hearty, and quite outnumbered peasants of Edward III inflicted a devastating defeat on the cream of French knighthood near the village of Crécy.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: It was supposed to be another summer of cavalry raids and booty taking for the archers and

footmen of King Edward III. For the first 10 years of the Hundred Years’ War years this pattern had been the same: cross the channel, steal rape and pillage, and then off for home, but this summer the French were ready and brought the English army to heel near the village of Crécy near the Somme River.

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