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Verneuil, battle of

Verneuil, battle of, 1424. The first task of John, duke of Bedford, regent for the infant Henry VI, was to preserve and, if possible, extend Henry V's gains in France. In the summer of 1424 he began a campaign to conquer Anjou and Maine, but was confronted at Verneuil on 17 August by a superior French force, under the command of two Scots, the earl of Buchan, recently made constable of France, and Archibald, earl of Douglas, veteran campaigner of Henry IV's reign. English archers repeated their success at Agincourt, nine years earlier. Buchan and Douglas were both killed and the duc d'Alençon taken prisoner.

J. A. Cannon

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