Editor says, what if the French won the Battle of the Golden Spurs? muses Jeff Provine on This Day in Alternate History Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality, Count Robert II of Artois did not wait for his field to be prepared and called back his infantry to prove the prowess of French cavalry. Ironically, the order proved the opposite as the withdrawing infantry became tangled in the cavalry advance, which itself was hindered by the terrain. The well armed Flemish were able to show the effectiveness of infantry against struggling horsemen, defeating them so completely that the rest of the French army fled. The battle was named "golden spurs" after the plunder taken from dead knights. To this day, the Flemish of Belgium celebrate July 11 as a time of victory for independence. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.