The year was 1360 during the Hundred Year’s War. King Edward III of England led his army of 10,000 men to the gates of Paris. There were many noblemen who was also there. They were met by the defenders of Paris led by Dauphine of France. The English could not breach the defenses, so after a week they left for the City of Chartres leaving a waste to the countryside.
It was Easter Monday on April 13th, when the English arrived at Chartres. The English began to lay siege to the town but the French held. That night, the English made camp close to the city to plan for the next day’s battle. A storm materialized during the night, lightning killed several people, then came the hail with dropping temperatures.
All in all, about 1,000 troops and 6,000 horses died during the storm. Edward was convinced it was a sign from God against him, he dismounted from his horse kneeled and vowed he would make peace with the French. After the storm the Abbot of Cluny arrived with peace proposals, Edward agreed and the next day Edwrd withdrew his forces.
Three weeks later the Treaty of Bretigny was signed marking the end of the first phase of Hundred Year’s War. This is a true story taken from the pages of history. Remember to keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket. You’ll be richer than most people on the planet.