The Author's Views
The Author's Views
The Bishop of Keller in 1204 began an attempt to regain the feudal rights which had been lost by his office over the years. While divisive he was largely successful to the north of the Grand River. However the ancient holding and small river port of Kliene-Hoysee to the south of the river was another matter. Separated from the other holding of the Bishopric and less easily dominated Kliene-Hoysee called on the other local powers for aid. Arguing that if the Bishop was successful then he would control both sides of the river and dominate the river trade. Both Flamboyance and Hoysee moved to the small cities aid, each with a view to adding the rich prize to there own domains. The resulting war was a short and bloody affair.
The Landsgraf managing to reach the area around Kliene Hoysee before the Bishop and arrayed his troops across the road to prevent the Bishops troops approaching the town. The battle began well for the Hoyseeain forces as they successfully launched an attack on the Keller's left flank. In an attempt to block this move the Bishop thinning his centre. The Landsgraf seeing this launched his centre and broke the Kellerian pike block.
The Bishop retreated but escaped serious pursuit as news of the advance of the Count of Flamboyance reached the Landsgraf in his encampment. Wasting no time he collected his army and marched to meet the Count. The meeting with the Count proved less successful than the initial affair with the Bishop. The more manoeuvrable Flamboyant Knights out flanked the and routed the Landsgraf forces as they grappled with the Counts infantry in the centre. With the withdrawal of the Landsgraf it remained only for the Count to assert his claim over the Bishop to establish hegemony over the small but vital river port.
The meeting between the two was an outstanding victory for the Flamboyant army. The Bishop decided to rely solely on his pike fielding few supporting troops. This proved disastrous as the far more manoeuvrable troops of the Count out flanked the pike block and smashed it.
The Count could now rest on his laurels and claim the the lordship of Kliene-Hoysee. However eager to establish his dominion the Count decided to attack the retreating Bishop before he could cross the Great River back to Keller. This proved a mistake. The Bishop had, due to the loses in pikemen, rebalanced his army during the retreat. With the pike now numbering approximately half the army but with more supporting troops the Bishop turned to face the on coming Flamboyance army.
Catching the Flamboyance infantry centre as the Counts knights relocated from the right to left wing the Kellerain forces began to gain an ascendancy. The battle field pivoted 90 degrees as both sides struggled for the killer blow. The climax occurred on what was now the Kellarian right flank when a body of Knights, the embodiment of the chivalric ideal, charged a group of Keller's skirmishers, men more used to poaching in the forests than meeting cold steel on the field of honour. The rout was as complete as it was surprising with the knights ingloriously breaking when they should have simply ridden the scum down! This act proved the final straw for the Count and he withdrew allowing the Bishop to withdraw back across the river.
The final battle however had a lasting effect in muddying the waters over Kliene-Hoysee. Instead of a clear claim to the port the Count had shown a weakness which would only encourage his foes in their plotting and scheming. The claim and counter-claim for Kliene-Hoysee was set to continue.