THE BATTLE OF MORTEMER
This was a battle saw a decisive victory for the forces of William, Duke of Normandy over the combined forces of King Henry I of France and Geoffrey Count of Anjou.
William had become Duke of Normandy in 1035 following the death of his father, Robert. William was an illegitimate son of Robert and his succession to the dukedom was challenged by many. Initially supported by King Henry I, the French King had turned against William whose increasing power was a threat. Henry of France allied himself with William’s opponent Geoffrey, Count of Anjou and sought to defeat William.
Mortemer, Normandy, France
SUPPORTERS OF WILLIAM
William, Duke of Normandy
OPPONENTS OF WILLIAM
Henry I of France
Geoffrey of Anjou
The French army decided to make an attack on Mortemer, Normandy. They entered and occupied the town facing little resistance and set about celebrating their easy victory. They were unaware that the Norman army was camped in the vicinity and failed to post sufficient sentries about the town.
Just after dawn the next morning the Norman army made its attack. They placed armed men at every exit from the town before entering the town and setting buildings alight. The fleeing French and Angevin soldiers were cut down as they tried to escape the town. By mid-afternoon the battle was won.
Decisive victory for William
William further secured his position as Duke of Normandy
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