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French Ordonnance

Historical Overview Section

Like most fifteenth century sovereigns, the Kings of France sought to possess standing armies of professionals to fight their incessant wars, most notable of which was the Hundred Years War. By that period, the old form of feudal levy had long proven inadequate and had been replaced by various ad hoc methods of paying vassal troops serving for money rather than simply out of feudal obligation, which method was heavily supplemented by hiring large numbers of out-and-out mercenaries.

These methods, though improvements on the old annual 40-day service owed by knights (the traditional warrior elites of Medieval Europe), were also subject to strain over long campaigns. They also resulted, during periods of peace, in social destabilization, as the mercenary bands, referred to in this period as Armagnacs, refused to disband until granted their back-pay (which was invariably hopelessly in arrears), and generally looted and terrorized the areas they occupied. The French kings sought a solution to these problems by issuing ordinances (ordonnances) which established standing armies in which units were permanently embodied, based, and organized into formations of set size. Men in these units signed a contract which kept them in the service of the unit for periods of one year or longer. The first such French ordinance was issued by King Charles VII at the general parliament of Orleans in 1439, and was meant to raise a body of troops to crush the devastating incursions of the Armagnacs.

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Army Lists

Sample army lists for this army
Peter Webbs Worlds 2016 List
Competent Included
2 Ordonnance men at arms Heavy knight impact Elite
1 Italian and Savoy men at arms Heavy knight impact ------
2 Gascons Light infantry crossbow ------
1 Mounted crossbowmen Light cavalry crossbow ----
1 Horsemen Medium cavalry impact ----
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Ordinary Included
1 Swiss pikemen Pikemen Elite
1 Swiss halberdiers Medium swordsmen 2hw Elite
2 Swiss skirmishes Light infantry firearm ------
3 Ordonnance archers Longbowmen stakes Elite
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Competent Included
2 Ordonnance men at arms Heavy knight impact Elite
1 Italian and Savoy men at arms Heavy knight impact ----
1 Cavalry Medium cavalry impact ----
2 Gascons Light infantry crossbow ----
1 LH Xbow Light cavalry crossbow ----

200 Points Britcon 2016 Winning List
====Competent
2 Ordonnance men at arms Heavy knight impact Elite
1 Italian and Savoy men at arms Heavy knight impact ------
2 Swiss skirmishes Light infantry firearm ------
2 Mounted crossbowmen Light cavalry crossbow ----
====Ordinary
1 Swiss pikemen Pikemen Elite
1 Swiss halberdiers Medium swordsmen 2hw Elite
2 Gascons Light infantry crossbow ------
3 Ordonnance archers Longbowmen Elite
====Competent
2 Ordonnance men at arms Heavy knight impact Elite
1 Italian and Savoy men at arms Heavy knight impact ----
2 Medium cavalry impact ----
2 Gascons Light infantry crossbow ----


200 Points

  • Competent
  • 4 Elite Heavy Knights
  • 2 Mounted Crossbowmen //
  • Competent
  • 2 Elite Heavy Knights
  • 2 Average Italian Heavy Knigts
  • 2 Mediocre Bowmen
  • 2 LI X-bow //
  • Competent
  • 4 Longbowmen
  • 2 LI X-bow


200 Points

  • Competent
  • 4 Knights Heavy Knight impact Elite
  • 1 Franc Archers Medium cavalry impact ///
  • Competent
  • 5 Longbowmen Longbowmen Elite
  • 1 Swiss Halberd Medium swordsmen 2HW Elite ////
  • Competent
  • 2 Pikemen Pikemen Mediocre
  • 1 Partisans Heavy swordsmen 2HW
  • 1 Swiss Pike Pikemen Elite
  • 1 Handgunner Light infantry firearm ----
  • 1 Gascons Light infantry crossbow ----
  • 1 Foot Knights Foot Knight ----

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