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Tinchebrai, battle of

Tinchebrai, battle of, 1106. Henry I and his elder brother Robert of Normandy had been in contention over the succession to England and Normandy since 1100, when William II ‘Rufus’ died. In 1106 Henry sought to settle the issue. Whilst besieging Tinchebrai castle (near Vire, south-west Normandy), Henry was challenged by Robert, who had decided to risk battle. This was extremely rash since Henry enjoyed immense numerical superiority. The battle, fought on 28 September 1106, lasted barely an hour and settled the political issue once and for all. Robert's army was destroyed and he himself was taken to England where he was successively imprisoned in the castles of Wareham, Devizes, Bristol, and, finally, Cardiff.

S. D. Lloyd

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