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  • noun the location where in 1214 the French under King Philip Augustus defeated a coalition formed against him in one of the greatest battles of the middle ages.

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  • noun in 1214 the French under Philip Augustus defeated a coalition formed against him in one of the greatest battles of the middle ages


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  • Yes, genealogical research has confirmed that Ida de Tosney, later Countess of Norfolk was the mother of William Longespee - the telling document being a list of prisoners following the Battle of Bouvines where Ralph Bigod is listed as Longespee's brother.

    The Time of Singing, by Elizabeth Chadwick. Book review

  • Bouvines and Fontenoy were mentioned as though they had taken place on the preceding day, Austerlitz having become antiquated.

    Les Miserables

  • The reference to children from all over northern Europe, both east and west, suggested an imagined unity of Christendom — or at least of young Christians — with one aim, a unification of children that stood in direct contrast to the accounts of the battle of Bouvines and of the conflict over the imperial succession, events that surrounded this highly romanticized narrative in the chronicle.

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • Crushing defeat of the coalition at Bouvines in Flanders (1214) ended all hope of regaining the lands north of the Loire (formal renunciation of English claims, 1259).


  • There are a hundred thousand students in Paris alone (three times as many in the country as a whole), and although new buildings are being rushed up as fast as possible, many thousands still have to cram into the Sorbonne: the aged and wheezing mater et magistra founded in 1215 by Philip Augustus to commemorate his victory over the English at Bouvines.

    Raymond Aron and the Liberal Tradition

  • His defeat at the battle of Bouvines, fought on July 27, 1214, gave strength to his opponents; and after his return to England the barons secretly met at St. Edmundsbury and swore to demand from him, if needful by force of arms, the restoration of their liberties by charter under the king's seal.

    Christmas: Its Origin and Associations Together with Its Historical Events and Festive Celebrations During Nineteen Centuries

  • This renewal of confidence was cruelly dissipated three days later when, on reaching Bouvines, half-way to Namur, after a fifty-league march over bad roads, Lafayette was met by frightened, breathless couriers with despatches detailing the humiliating disasters which had befallen both

    Calvert of Strathore

  • A few days later the attack was renewed and with success, and, Dinant captured, von Hausen's army streamed into France by Bouvines and Rethel, firing and looting the villages and shooting the inhabitants as they passed through.

    New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 3, June, 1915 April-September, 1915

  • Theobald I., count of Bar, was an ally of Philip Augustus, as was also his son Henry II., who distinguished himself at the battle of Bouvines in 1214.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3 "Banks" to "Bassoon"

  • Comte de Flandre, whom he had taken prisoner at Bouvines.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France


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