Val es Dunes, Battle of 1047

Battle of Val es Dunes map

THE BATTLE OF VAL ES DUNES

10th August 1047

SUMMARY

This was a decisive battle fought between the combined forces of William Duke of Normandy and Henry I of France against Guy of Burgundy.

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BACKGROUND

William, the bastard son of Robert Duke of Normandy, had inherited his father’s title.  Guy of Burgundy, one of William’s kinsmen, felt he had a better claim to the title and mounted a challenge.

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LOCATION

Val es Dunes, near Caen, France

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WILLIAM’S FORCE

Led by
William Duke of Normandy

Supported by
Henry I of France

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GUY OF BURGUNDY’S FORCE

Led by
Guy of Burgundy

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THE BATTLE

This was William’s first battle. He had gained the help of Henry I of France and together they met the challengers to William’s position at Val es Dunes. Although William was outnumbered he was a better leader than Guy of Burgundy and managed to defeat the rebels.

RESULT

Decisive victory for William

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CONSEQUENCE

Although there was still opposition to William’s position he was now more secure.

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