Battle of Lincoln (1141)


Battle of Lincoln (1141)

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=1st Battle of Lincoln
partof= The Anarchy
date=2 February, 1141
place=Lincoln, England
result=Decisive Angevin victory
combatant1=Blesevin (Royal)
combatant2=Angevin
commander1=King Stephen of England
commander2=Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester
strength1=1,250 men
strength2=1,000 men
casualties1=Unknown
casualties2=Unknown

Battle of Lincoln or First Battle of Lincoln occurred on 2 February 1141.

Relief

The forces of King Stephen of England had been besieging Lincoln Castle but were themselves attacked by a relief force loyal to Empress Matilda and commanded by Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, Matilda's half-brother.

Defeat for Stephen

After fierce fighting in the city's streets, Stephen's forces were defeated. Stephen himself was captured and taken to Bristol, where he was imprisoned.

Tables Turned

He was subsequently exchanged for the Earl of Gloucester, and Matilda was defeated at the Battle of Winchester the following September, ending her brief ascendancy in the wars with Stephen.

Incidental Infomation

"see also Gwynedd during England's Anarchy"

A vangaurd of Welsh toops were led by Madog ap Maredudd, Lord of Powys, and Cadwaladr ap Gruffydd, both allies of the Earl of Chester who supported the cause of Stephen of England. Cadwaladr was the brother of Owain, Prince of Gwynedd, but Owain did not support suport any side in The Anarchy.

This battle features in the historical novel The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, and is described almost as it happened, including the capture of King Stephen and his subsequent exchange.

ources

* [http://www.lincolncastle.com/battle_of_lincoln.htm Friends of the Castle]

ee also

* Battle of Lincoln (1217)


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