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1337-1340
Jacob von Arteverde swears allegiance to the English King. Charles de Bois pledges to protect the French king’s claims to Brittany.

The French king, Philippe VI, move his army to Normandy after hearing rumors of an English Invasion. The entire English army, King Edward III and his lieutenant John Chandos, crosses the channel into Normandy as anticipated. Louis de Dampierre moves his army into Normandy to reinforce his king.

Battle for Normandy
In a massive battle, Edward III emerges victorious, wiping out the French army, capturing King Philippe VI and killing de Dampierre.

Upon hearing the news of English victory, Jacob von Arteverde rallies the Flemish people to the English cause and armies arise in Aquitaine and Scotland to help support Edward III. Charles de Bois, promises a brighter future under the king of France and manages to convince the citizens of Brittany to rally to the French flag. He recruits the help of Jean de Montfort who raises an army. Luxembourg fearing an invasion from Flanders raises an army to support the defense of France. Unable to afford the hefty ransom, Philipe VI remains locked in the Tower of London.

1341-1350

Sensing weakness in Edward III's unreinforced armies. Jean III marches his army into Normandy to challenge the English positions. In response, Henry de Grossmont brings his longbowmen across the channel to help his king. Jean de Montfort moves his army to Normandy, while Charles de Bois decides to try to rally Anjou to the French crown. The King of England orders his Flemish army to put down the armies of Luxembourg.

2nd Battle of Normandy
Despite having half the troop strength of his French rival, Edward III emerges victorious, forcing the poorly trained soldiers of Jean II back down the Seine into Paris. John Chandos is caught out of position and captured by the retreating French army.

Battle of Luxembourg
The Flemish armies of Arteverde fail to capture Limberg and are forced to leave the field of battle in the hands of the French.

On news of English victories in Normandy, The Scots and the Duchies of Normandy and Aquitaine swear allegiance to the English crown, while news of further French defeats cause the people of Anjou to remain neutral. Having repulsed the English army, Johann Limberg convinces the people of Luxembourg to support the French King.

King Philipe VI dies in the Tower of London. Edward of Woodstock dies of disentary and Charles de Bois succumbs to consumption.

Robert II of Scotland rallies the troops left behind by Edward of Woodstock’s early demise. Charles V is crowned the new King of France and armies arise in Navarre, Paris, and Orléanais to support the new king. Calling for more troops, the Irish and English raise armies to support Edward III. Without anyone to lead them, armies in Brittany and Anjou pack up an go home.

1351-1360

Charles V moves his army into Normandy to distract the English army and prevent it from spreading its influence in northern France. In response, English armies under David II and John of Gaunt move to reinforce their king. Johann Limberg moves to Champagne to drum up support to the French cause, leaving Luxembourg open to another invasion from Flanders. Having heard about the prowess of their archers, Lionel of Antwerp goes to Wales to try to bring them to the English side.

3rd Battle of Normandy
Through the extreme bravery of the King of England and the accuracy of expert longbowmen the French are wiped out trying to retreat. The French King manages to escape the carnage, but both of his lieutenants, Jean II and Jean de Montfort are captured.

Orléanais rallies to support the disgraced French king, but Luxembourg declares its neutrality. Jean III dies in the Tower of London. David II dies in a hunting accident in Normandy.

Fearing the impending invasion from Aquitaine, Jean de Grailly raises a French army in Gascony. Inspired by the passionate words of Lionel of Antwerp and army of Welshmen, raised by Owain Glyn Dwr pledges, their swords to the English king. Armies arise in Brittany and Anjou to drive out the English invaders.

1361-1370

Taking the offensive, the English army of Robert II moves into Languedoc and Edward III, knowing his reign may soon end, presses into Ile-de-France. With Normandy empty, Bertrand du Guesclin decides to invade from Brittany. The armies of Edmond of Langley and Lionel of Antwerp move to protect English interests in Normandy. Jean de Montfort decides to invade England from Brittany drawing Thomas of Woodstock out of Flanders to protect the English capital. Philip d’Orléanais moves to support his king. The Flemish army moves to Champagne to prevent Limberg from reinforcing Paris.

Battle of London
Jean de Montefort is captured in an even battle that leaves England in control of London.

4th Battle of Normady
Betrand du Guesclin soundly defeats the English armies, killing Edmond of Langley and routing Lionel of Antwerp.

Siege of Paris
Fearing the overwhelming strength of the English army and its longbowmen, Charles V offers siege. The English wheel in their catapults and succeed in starving out the French. King Charles V and his lieutenant are sent to the Tower of London after surrendering the garrison.

Battle of Champagne
In a short battle, Limberg is captured by the Flemish army under Arteverde.

The French lose control of Ile-de-France, but gain the services of the dukes of Anjou and Gascony. The English lose control of Normandy, but add Wales and Languedoc to their lands.

Jean de Montfort dies in the English prison. The English lose the services of Chandos, Grosmont, and Arteverde.

Seeing troops getting ready to leave Aquitaine, Robert III rounds them up to fight another day. French armies arise in Berry and Bourbonnais. Phillipe von Arteverde raises a French army in Flanders, and Richard III rallies the troops in England.

1371-1380

Seeing an opportunity to trap the English king in Paris, Louis d’Anjou and Bertrand du Guesclin move in to Ile-de-France. Richard III moves his army to protect English interests in Flanders. Owain Glyn Dwr moves his Welsh army into Anjou and Thomas of Woodstock moves to Brittany. The Scottish earls Robert II and Robert III move to attack the French armies in Gascony.

Battle of Paris
Bertrand du Guesclin bravely leads the charge inflicting several casualties on the English before being forced to withdraw by superior numbers of forces on the opposing side.

Battle of Flanders
Phillipe of Arteverde’s French army fights bravely, inflicting heavy casualties on Richard III’s army, before being driven from the field by overwhelming force.

Battle of Gascony
In a battle that is poorly fought by both sides, the French armies retreat to avoid capture at the hands of the two Scotsmen.

Victorious again, Edward III raises the English flag over the Royal Palace in Paris. Berry and Bourbonnais swear allegiance to the French crown. Brittany and Anjou withdraw their support from France and maintain their neutrality.

English generals Owain Gyln Dwr and Lionel of Antwerp die. Charles de Navarra dies of wounds sustained while retreating from Gascony. Charles V and Johann Limberg die in prison.

On the death of Owain Gyln Dwr, his second in Command, Roger Mortimer takes command and swears pledges to support the French crown. Thomas Mowbray of Picardie raises an army to support the English. Phillipe of Anteverde sees the error of his ways and returns to the field in Aguitaine in command of an English Army.

English victory (31 points)! With the capture of Paris, Edward III has enough influence to unite the thrones of England and France. He declares himself King of England and France. Charles VI of France establishes a base in Burgundy and pledges to fight on, but for now the war is lost.
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