Battle of Patay

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Battle of Patay
Part of the Loire Campaign of the Hundred Years' War
Patay.JPG
The French and English clashing. The English, however, did not fight on horseback
Date 18 June 1429
Location Near Patay, slightly north of Orléans, France
Result Decisive French victory
Participants
Blason France moderne.svg Kingdom of France Royal Arms of England (1399-1603).svg Kingdom of England
Commanders and leaders
Blason Etienne de Vignolles (La Hire).svg La Hire
Blason Jean Poton de Xaintrailles.svg Jean de Xaintrailles
Coat of Arms of Jeanne d'Arc.svg Joan of Arc
John Fastolf
Arms of Talbot.svg John Talbot #
Strength
1,500 cavalry 5,000
Casualties and losses
About 100 2,500 dead, wounded, or captured

The Battle of Patay (18 June 1429) was an important battle in the Hundred Years' War between the French and the English in north-central France. The French won and the English lost badly. Many men in the English longbow corps died. Many English leaders of the battle were killed or taken prisoner. This battle changed the course of the war and made the French more powerful. Joan of Arc gets credit for the victory, but most of the fighting happened when the very first men reached the field, before most of the army had arrived.