A battle can be a single engagement in a war between two or more armies, generally with a single objective. Most medieval battles were either fought openly on a battlefield or sieges of fortifications.
Historical battles are frequently named after nearby communities or physical features, for example, the Battle of Hastings.
Battle can also refer to a unit within an army. It may be described as Lord X's Battle (or Battel).
- The Battle of Badon Hill
- The Battle of Stamford Bridge
- The Battle of Hastings
- The Battle of Poitiers
- The Battle of Agincourt
- The Battle of Stirling Bridge
Battles in the SCA
Types of battles are generally determined by two factors: what the objective is, and what sort of terrain the battle is held upon. Examples of common SCA battles are:
- Open field -- kill all the opposing fighters
- Bridge battle -- take or hold a bridge from the enemy.
- Woods battles -- like open fields, but with obstacles like trees.
- Castle attack -- take or hold a castle or defensive position.
Other forms of battles are possible, with goals like "keep a specific fighter alive," or "escort a non-combatant from one side of the field to the other," with the only real limitation being what the marshal can dream up.