The Black Prince's chevauchée was a large-scale mounted raid carried
out by an Anglo-Gascon force under the command of Edward, the Black
Prince (depiction shown), between 5 October and 2 December 1355 during
the Hundred Years' War. John, Count of Armagnac, who commanded the local
French forces, avoided battle, and there was little fighting during the
campaign. The Anglo-Gascon force of 4,000–6,000 men marched from
Bordeaux in English-held Gascony 300 miles (480 km) to Narbonne and
back to Gascony, devastating a wide swathe of French territory and
sacking many French towns on the way. During the four months following
Christmas, more than 50 French-held towns or fortifications were
captured. In August 1356 the Black Prince headed north on another
chevauchée with 6,000 men; he was intercepted by the main French army,
11,000 strong, at Poitiers, where he decisively defeated them and
captured King John II.
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