The Battle of Aljubarotta – Part Two – Combat!
The Battle of Aljubarotta would be remembered forever by the Portuguese Kings and those who were loyal to the cause during that epic victory of August 1385, however the strict military facts are only part of the story.
Nuno Álvares Pereira
Even now, battle was not certain, and one has to wonder how different the history of the world would have been if this battle had not been fought.
Aljubarrota Battle according to Froissart
General Vasco Gonçalves has a good estimate on the numbers involved at Aljubarrota. According to his study the Portuguese army could be divided in two, the mounted and the foot troops. In the mounted group Portugal had 1,100 spearmen, 100 English and Gascon knights, 100 crossbow men (who served as the personal guards of the King) and 100 English archers or bowmen. The foot troops were larger in number as one would expect and were composed by the following groups; 500 men-of-arms (lancers that weren’t very experienced, if the chronicles are to be believed), 700 crossbow men and 3,900 peons. The total number of men involved in the battle would be around 6,500 men on the Portuguese side.
Nuno Álvares Pereira at Batalha
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