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Battle of Lewes

Battle Name : Battle of Lewes

Date(s) : 14 May 1264

Part of : The Baron's War ,

Outcome : A victory for The Baronial Army over Henry lll army

Type of battle : Land


The Baronial force under Simon de Montfort chased the King to Lewes but as battle was joined the Barons were outnumbered by 2 to 1. The out come was mainly determined by a classic case of ill disciplined cavalry, under Prince Edward which might have won the day, charging off the field chasing a relatively small broken wing of the Baronial army. The King's troops who remained lost decisively to Simon's unbroken centre, right wing and reserve. Edward's cavalry returned too late to save the day.