Post-classical history

Conquest: The English Kingdom of France 1417-1450

Conquest: The English Kingdom of France 1417-1450

Author of the best-selling AGINCOURT, Juliet Barker now tells the equally remarkable, but largely forgotten, story of the dramatic years when England ruled France at the point of a sword.

Henry V's second invasion of France in 1417 launched a campaign that would put the crown of France on an English head. Only the miraculous appearance of a visionary peasant girl - Joan of Arc - would halt the English advance. Yet despite her victories, her influence was short-lived: Henry VI had his coronation in Paris six months after her death and his kingdom endured for another twenty years. When he came of age he was not the leader his father had been. It was the dauphin, whom Joan had crowned Charles VII, who would finally drive the English out of France.

Supremely evocative and brilliantly told, this is narrative history at its most colourful and compelling - the true story of those who fought for an English kingdom of France.

PREFACE

Maps

Tables: The French royal line: the House of Valois - The English royal line from Edward III

PART ONE: ESTABLISHING THE KINGDOM

Chapter 1. Invasion

Chapter 2. Conquest

Chapter 3. Heir of France

Chapter 4. The English Kingdom of France

Chapter 5. Resistance

Chapter 6. A Second Agincourt

PART TWO: JEHANNE D’ARC

Chapter 7. The Pucelle

Chapter 8. The Siege of Orléans

Chapter 9. A New King of France

Chapter 10. Capture

Chapter 11. Trial and Execution

PART THREE: WAR OF ATTRITION

Chapter 12. A Year of Disasters

Chapter 13. Recovery

Chapter 14. Disorder and Defeat

Chapter 15. The Treaty of Arras

Chapter 16. The Fall of Paris

PART FOUR: THE SEARCH FOR PEACE

Chapter 17. Defending Normandy

Chapter 18. Gains and Losses

Chapter 19. Missed Opportunities

Chapter 20. A Last Military Effort

PART FIVE: THE TRUCE OF TOURS

Chapter 21. A Truce and a Marriage

Chapter 22. Concessions for Peace

Chapter 23. The Surrender of Maine

Chapter 24. The Truce Breaks Down

Chapter 25. Reconquest

EPILOGUE

NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

CHRONOLOGY OF KEY EVENTS