- Battle of Lincoln (1141)
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=1st Battle of Lincoln
2 February, 1141
King Stephen of England
Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester
Battle of Lincoln or First Battle of Lincoln occurred on
2 February 1141.
The forces of King
Stephen of Englandhad been besieging Lincoln Castlebut 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.
He was subsequently exchanged for the
Earl of Gloucester, and Matilda was defeated at the Battle of Winchesterthe following September, ending her brief ascendancy in the wars with Stephen.
"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 Chesterwho 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 Earthby Ken Follett, and is described almost as it happened, including the capture of King Stephen and his subsequent exchange.
* [http://www.lincolncastle.com/battle_of_lincoln.htm Friends of the Castle]
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