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For the third edition, the hospitality of Hugh and Amanda Tempest-Radford at Liorac made an all too brief working journey seem like a relaxed and pleasant visit. I am much indebted to Dominique Audrière, who knows far more about the Périgord than I could possibly hope to learn, for his suggestions; space, alas, means that only part of them are reflected in the text, but his own books are listed in the bibliography. On this side of the Channel, I am once again indebted to Norman Scarfe, whose expertise has this time resulted in a much improved account of Bordeaux.

The vaulting is in the simple Angevin style of flat curves. The finest examples of this style are to be found on the Loire, for example at Fontévrault, where Henry II himself is buried, and its reappearance here is a reminder that Poitiers became part of the Angevin empire when Henry married Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1155. Eleanor gave money for the building of the cathedral when it was begun in 1162. And, with the aid of binoculars, the figures of Henry and Eleanor and their children can just be discerned at the foot of the great twelfth-century east window showing the Crucifixion, partly obscured by an eighteenth-century balustrade.

Jean Froissart describes the closing scenes of the battle: It often happens, that fortune in war and love turns out more favourable and wonderful than could have been hoped for or expected. To say the truth, this battle which was fought near Poitiers, in the plains of Beauvoir and Maupertuis, was very bloody and perilous: many gallant deeds of arms were performed that were never known, and the combatants on each side suffered much. King John himself did wonders: he was armed with a battle-axe, with which he fought and defended himself .

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