France: Gameplay Information

France is the ideal example of the feudal system, providing a military force for the king. The greatest problem with the French kingdom is the complete lack of unity within it. The Normans have taken England and aren’t looking back while various other provinces are rebelling against French rule, subduing these is the first step to generating a decent powerbase in Europe to counter the threat of the Holy Roman Empire to the east. England, Spain, Portugal and Milan are also potential threats, so France must be able to fight on multiple fronts. France’s strangths are their heavy cavalry and good infantry in the late period, but in the early period, they have particularly poor infantry.


Table of Contents


Campaign Overview

Religion
  • Catholic
Long Campaign Win Conditions
  • Take 45 Regions
  • Take Jerusalem
Short Campaign Win Conditions
  • Take 20 Regions
  • Outlive England
Finances
  • Initial Money: 8000 Florins
  • King’s Purse: 1500 Florins
Initial Settlements
  • Paris (Large Town, Capital) – Town Guard, Small Church, Town Hall, Corn Exchange, Roads
  • Toulouse (Castle) – Stables, Bowyer, Port
  • Angers (Wooden Castle) – Stables
  • Marseille (Town) – Town Watch
  • Rheims (Town) – Land Clearance, Town Watch
Initial Generals
  • King Philip the Chivalrous (40, Faction Leader) – 5 Command, 4 Dread, 3 Authority, 4 Piety
  • Prince Louis (21, Faction Heir) – 6 Command, 4 Dread, 5 Loyalty, 3 Piety
  • Guillemot de Lyon (32, General) – 4 Command, 1 Dread, 5 Loyalty, 3 Piety
  • Raoulet Poitevin (40, General) – 3 Command, 0 Chivalry/Dread, 5 Loyalty, 3 Piety
  • Michiel (2, Junior Family Member)
  • Henry (1, Junior Family Member)
Initial Agents
  • Aubert Fébre (20, Spy) – 3 Subterfuge
  • Étienne Tristram (37, Cardinal) – 5 Piety
  • Constance (19, Princess) – 5 Charm
Initial Troops
  • General’s Bodyguard – 5
  • Crossbow Militia – 1
  • Peasant Archers – 10
  • Spear Militia – 8
  • Town Militia – 1
  • Mailed Knights – 2
  • Sergeant Spearmen – 6

France begin with a Large Town at Paris, a Castle at Toulouse, a Wooden Castle at Angers and Towns at Marseille and Rheims. Their initial position is one with a strong military, but surrounded by enemies. England have Scotland to their north, but will soon be turning their attention southwards. Spain and Portugal are likely to be moving northeast towards Toulouse and Bordeaux, while the Holy Roman Empire are tot he east, Milan are to the southeast and Denmark are off tot he northeast. All of these antions are a threat, so France must use its strong military early on to unite as much of France as possible into a single kingdom by tkaing rebel land. This will give the economy necessary to support the armies needed to defend the homeland. Enemies are all around, so the chance of having a relatively quiet game at home while you send off campaigning armies is very slim.


Recruitable Units

The following table contains all of the units that France can recruit in Multiplayer and Custom Battles. For the Grand Campaign, use the “All” period with the following corrections:

  • Units in (Brackets) are mercenaries and therefore cannot be trained in campaign, although any general can recruit them in the field if he has space in his army and there are some available.
  • Units in [Square Brackets] cannot be recruited in campaign, they are for Multiplayer and Custom Battles only.
  • Units in Italics can only be recruited in certain regions (eg. The New World) or after a certain event (eg. The discovery of gunpowder).
PeriodMilitia UnitsInfantryMissile InfantryCavalryMissile CavalryArtillery
Early 
  • Peasants
  • Sergeant Spearmen
  • Armoured Sergeants
  • Dismounted Feudal Knights
  • (Religious Fanatics)
  • Peasant Archers
  • Peasant Crossbowmen
  • Mounted Sergeants
  • Mailed Knights
  • Feudal Knights
  • General’s Bodyguard
 
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
High 
  • Peasants
  • Sergeant Spearmen
  • Armoured Sergeants
  • [Dismounted Chivalric Knights]
  • (Flemish Pikemen)
  • Peasant Archers
  • Peasant Crossbowmen
  • Crossbowmen
  • [Dismounted French Archers]
  • Mounted Sergeants
  • Mailed Knights
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • Chivalric Knights
  • Noble Knights
  • French Mounted Archers
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
  • Trebuchet
  • Bombard
  • Grand Bombard
Late 
  • Peasants
  • Pikemen
  • Armoured Sergeants
  • Voulgiers
  • [Dismounted Chivalric Knights]
  • Peasant Crossbowmen
  • Peasant Archers
  • Crossbowmen
  • Arquebusiers
  • Gendarmes
  • General’s Bodyguard (Late)
  • Noble Knights
  • Lancers
  • Chivalric Knights
 
  • Serpentine
  • Culverin
  • Basilisk
All
  • Town Militia
  • Pike Militia
  • Spear Militia
  • Voulge Militia
  • Crossbow Militia
  • Merchant Cavalry Militia
  • Peasants
  • Pikemen
  • Sergeant Spearmen
  • Armoured Sergeants
  • Voulgier
  • Dismounted Noble Knights
  • Dismounted Feudal Knights
  • [Dismounted Chivalric Knights]
  • (Religious Fanatics)
  • (Flemish Pikemen)
  • (Swiss Pikemen)
  • Peasant Archers
  • Peasant Archers
  • Peasant Crossbowmen
  • Crossbowmen
  • Arquebusiers
  • Aventuriers
  • [Dismounted French Archers]
  • Scots Guard
  • Mounted Sergeants
  • Mailed Knights
  • Feudal Knights
  • Gendarmes
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • General’s Bodyguard (Late)
  • Knights Templar
  • Knights Hospitallier
  • Chivalric Knights
  • Noble Knights
  • Lancers
  • French Mounted Archers
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
  • Trebuchet
  • Bombard
  • Serpentine
  • Grand Bombard
  • Culverin
  • Basilisk

Constructable Buildings


Cities

Building TypeVillageTownLarge TownMinor CityLarge CityHuge City
WallsWooden Palisade (Upgrade)Wooden Wall (Upgrade)Stone Wall (Upgrade)Large Stone Wall (Upgrade)Huge Stone Wall (Upgrade) 
Improved Towers Ballista TowersCannon Towers
Barracks Town WatchTown GuardCity WatchMilitia Drill SquareMilitia BarracksArmy Barracks
Military Academy Military AcademyRoyal Officer’s Academy
Siege Ballista MakerCatapult MakerSiege Works 
Cannon GunsmithCannon MakerCannon FoundryRoyal Arsenal
Smiths Leather TannerBlacksmithArmourerHeavy ArmourerMaster ArmourerArmour Factory
Ports PortShipwright 
Sea Trade Merchants’ WharfWarehouseDocklands
Trade Grain ExchangeMarketFairgroundGreat MarketMerchants’ Quarter
Roads Dirt Roads Paved Roads 
FarmsLand ClearanceCommunal FarmingCrop RotationIrrigation 
Mines MinesMining Network 
Academia Alchemist’s LabAlchemy SchoolUniversity
Churches Small ChurchChurchAbbeyCathedralHuge Cathedral
Inns BrothelInnTavernCoaching HousePleasure Palace
Town Hall Town HallCouncil ChambersCity HallMayor’s Palace
Music TheatreConservatorium
Assassins’ Guild Assassins’ GuildMaster Assassins’ GuildAssassins’ Guild Headquarters
Masons’ Guild Masons’ GuildMaster Masons’ GuildMasons’ Guild Headquarters
Merchants’ Guild Merchants’ GuildMaster Merchants’ GuildMerchants’ Guild Headquarters
Alchemists’ Guild Alchemists’ GuildMaster Alchemists’ GuildAlchemists’ Guild Headquarters
Thieves’ Guild Thieves’ GuildMaster Thieves’ GuildThieves’ Guild Headquarters
Explorers’ Guild Explorers’ GuildMaster Explorers’ GuildExplorers’ Guild Headquarters
Swordsmiths’ Guild Swordsmiths’ GuildMaster Swordsmiths’ GuildSwordsmiths’ Guild Headquarters
Knights Templar Knights Templar Minor Chapter HouseKnights Templar Major Chapter HouseKnights Templar Headquarters
Hospitallier Knights St. John’s Minor Chapter HouseSt. John’s Major Chapter HouseSt. John’s Headquarters
Horse Breeders’ Guild Horse Breeders’ GuildMaster Horse Breeders’ GuildHorse Breeders’ Guild Headquarters

Castles

Building TypeVillageMotte and BaileyWooden CastleCastleFortressCitadel
CastleMotte and Bailey (Upgrade)Wooden Castle (Upgrade)Castle (Upgrade)Fortress (Upgrade)Citadel (Upgrade) 
Improved Towers Ballista Towers
Stables StablesKnight’s StablesBaron’s StablesEarl’s Stables
Barracks Mustering HallGarrisson QuartersDrill SquareBarracksArmoury
Ranges BowyerPractice RangeArchery RangeMarksman’s Range
Siege Ballista MakerCatapult MakerSiege Works
Smiths Leather TannerBlacksmithArmourerHeavy ArmourerMaster ArmourerArmour Factory
Ports PortShipwrightDockyardNaval Drydock
Roads Dirt Roads Paved Roads 
FarmsLand Clearance Communal FarmingCrop RotationIrrigation 
Churches ChapelLarge Chapel 
Tourney Jousting ListsTourney Field
Swordsmiths’ Guild Swordsmiths’ GuildMaster Swordsmiths’ GuildSwordsmiths’ Guild Headquarters
Knights Templar Knights Templar Minor Chapter HouseKnights Templar Major Chapter HouseKnights Templar Headquarters
Hospitallier Knights St. John’s Minor Chapter HouseSt. John’s Major Chapter HouseSt. John’s Headquarters