History game by Florent Coupeau covering 2 battles led by Turenne: Rethel 1650, Les Dunes 1658.
Game system derived from Paris is worth a Mass, also used by Avec Infini Regret.
Rethel 1650 - 15 December 1650, The Prince of Condé having been imprisoned by Mazarin at the beginning of the year for fear of his growing influence, the Prince's client troops rally to Turenne, which has recently passed through the camp of the Fronde. The latter operates in the north-east of France in order to join the troops of the Duke of Lorraine and the Spaniards. He hopes to regain control of all the fortresses acquired for the cause of Condé.
For his part, Mazarin, sensing the danger of having such a great captain against him, gives command of the armies of Flanders and Champagne to the Count de Plessis-Praslin (while beginning secret negotiations with the other side). The latter puts the siege in front of Rethel and in spite of the word given, the governor of the place surrenders a few days before Turenne arrives. The commander of the rebel army then found himself having to fight the entire royalist army.
Following his defeat (which will be the last), Turenne will join the king's camp against an amnesty, some titles and especially the command of the French armies. He will now be a loyal servant of the king until his death on a battlefield 25 years later.
Les Dunes 1658 - June 14, 1658, Alliances have evolved since the end of the Thirty Years War. The people of Lorraine passed into the camp of the French following the imprisonment of their duke by the Spaniards. Mazarin decided King Louis XIV to sign a military alliance with Cromwell who sent a strong English contingent to the continent. This forced King Charles II and Princes James and Henry to pass to the Spanish with their meagre troops. In exile with his followers for nearly six years, Condé is also present alongside Juan de Austria, the commander-in-chief of the Spanish forces.
When Turenne laid siege to the fortress of Dunkirk, Juan de Austria decided to fight as quickly as possible. Condé declared to James "Sir, today you will see how to lose a battle".
Following this French victory, the Treaty of the Pyrenees and other related agreements were signed, putting an end to the Franco-Spanish War and, in a way, to the Fronde and the English Civil Wars. The sun of Louis XIV could begin to shine.
The game includes :
- Two 59 x 41 cm cards (printed on both sides).
- 270 pre-cut counters and markers on both sides
- A rule book and scenarios
- A color play aid.