Post-classical history

The Hundred Years War: The English in France 1337-1453

The Hundred Years War: The English in France 1337-1453

From 1337 to 1453 England repeatedly invaded France on the pretext that her kings had a right to the French throne. Though it was a small, poor country, England for most of those "hundred years" won the battles, sacked the towns and castles, and dominated the war. The protagonists of the Hundred Years War are among the most colorful in European history: Edward III, the Black Prince; Henry V, who was later immortalized by Shakespeare; 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 at last drove the English out. Desmond Seward's critically-acclaimed account of the Hundred Years War brings to life all of the intrigue, beauty, and royal to-the-death-fighting of that legendary century-long conflict.

Acknowledgements

Foreword

Chapter 1 - Valois or Plantagenet? 1328—1340

Chapter 2 - Crécy 1340-1350

Chapter 3 - Poitiers and the Black Prince 1350—1360

Chapter 4 - Charles the Wise 1360-1380

Chapter 5 - Richard II: A Lost Peace 1380-1399

Chapter 6 - Burgundy and Armagnac: England’s Opportunity 1399-1413

Chapter 7 - Henry V and Agincourt 1413—1422

Chapter 8 - John, Duke of Bedford, Regent of France 1422-1429

Chapter 9 - ‘The Witch of Orleans’ 1429-1435

Chapter 10 - ‘Sad Tidings’ 1435-1450

Chapter 11 - The End: ‘A Dismal Fight’ 1450—1453

Chapter 12 - Epilogue

Appendix: A Note on Currency

Chronology

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