Saturday, July 29, 2006

Battle of Neerwinden

Anniversary today of the French victory at Neerwinden (Landen) in 1693. Interestingly there was another battle of Neerwinden a hundred years later during the French Revolution, but this one is most famous for the death of Irish hero Patrick Sarsfield.
Oh Patrick Sarsfield, Ireland's Wonder,
Who fought in the fields like any thunder,
One of King James's chief commanders,
Now lies the food of crows in Flanders .

Wiki on Sarsfield
French language site on Neerwinden here

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