A Brief History of the Hundred Years War: The English in France, 1337-1453

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Robinson, 2003 - 296 pages
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For over a hundred years England repeatedly invaded France on the pretext that her kings had a right to the French throne. France was a large, unwieldy kingdom, England was small and poor, but for the most part she dominated the war, sacking towns and castles and winning battles - including such glorious victories as Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, but then the English run of success began to fail, and in four short years she lost Normandy and finally her last stronghold in Guyenne. The protagonists of the Hundred Year War are among the most colourful in European history: for the English, Edward III, the Black Prince and Henry V, later immortalized by Shakespeare; for the French, the splendid but inept John II, who died a prisoner in London, Charles V, who very nearly overcame England and the enigmatic Charles VII, who did at last drive the English out. Desmond Seward's account traces the changes that led to France's final victory and brings to life all the intrigue and colour of the last chivalric combats as they gave way to a more brutal modern warfare.

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Excellent narrative history of the Anglo-French wars. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Read full review

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Good general introduction to the Hundred Years War. Left me feeling I knew a little bit but wanted to know more. (In my view precisely what these kinds of books should do.) Have already looked up a ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
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Crécy 13401350
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Poitiers and the Black Prince
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Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Ampleforth and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He is the author of many books, including The Monks of War, The Hundred Years War, The Wars of the Roses, and The Last White Rose.

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