The Battle of York was a fight for the village of York in the English Campaign . It was between the English and the Rebels. It was at this battle that the English Prince, Rufus, was killed.

The Battle of York
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First English led by Prince Rufus
Second Rebels led by Captain Lewes
Third Year 1082
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Fourth 718 English vs. 346 Rebels
Fifth 489 English losses and Complete

Rebel army lost. Prince Rufus of England is killed

Sixth English Victory; York joins England.

The BattleEdit

The English formed two seperate groups: A group of archers were to the west of the village while Rufus and a large band of spearmen stood at the south. The Rebels formed a square in the town's center, ready for Rufus and his men.

The English struck first by sending in their archers to target the enemy archers so that when Rufus and his men charged, they would take less casualties. The plan went well until a group of peasants suddenly charged the English bowmen, causing them to break formation and run. Rufus ordered that they stand guard and fight before charging. The main Rebel army now marched towards the archers while Rufus ordered his men to charge and flank them. Rufus was, however, the only one to go into the proper place, as his spearmen went to the archers to help defend. Alone with only his bodyguard of 20 knights, Rufus was overwhelmed by a band of 75 peasants and was killed when a pitchfork pierced his chest. The loss of their Prince caused the bodyguard to retreat, with only one knight making it out alive.

The English archers had now stopped firing and entered melee combat, leaving the Rebel archers unopposed. The better equipped English spearmen pushed the peasants back as a single column of fighting began. The English were faltering, however, partly because of the loss of thier leader. With many of them flanked, the spearmen began to retreat. The remaining spearmen formed a shiltron to prevent from being flanked and the archers fell back to begin firing on the Rebels once again.

At last, the Rebel lines broke and many of the peasants began to retreat. Their commander, Captain Lewes, was killed by a stray crossbow bolt in the back. The final spearman unit and the four original archers moved into the village center and took control. They then fought a defensive battle against the remaining peasants, who were now fighting to the death. After several more minutes of brutal fighting, the last Rebel fell after being shot by over two hundred arrows.


Despite the loss of the prince, the village of York was merely occupied instead of sacked. Robert was crowned Prince soon afterwards. The English army also suffered greatly, losing almost five hundred men. The high amount of English casualties is attributed by the spearmen fighting the Rebels head on instead of helping Prince Rufus flank them, which caused his death in the battle.