4th earl of Salisbury, Thomas Montagu

(1388—1428) soldier

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(1388–1428). Like John Holand (Exeter), Salisbury was restored by Henry V to estates forfeited by his father. He amply earned this favour by outstanding service in the French war from 1415 onward. He held Normandy after Clarence's defeat and death in 1421. He remained there after Henry's death and was Bedford's principal field commander. He defeated the French at Cravant, took part in Bedford's victory at Verneuil, and captured Le Mans. Salisbury began the siege of Orléans but died, an irreparable loss, before Joan of Arc's campaign.

From The Oxford Companion to British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

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