French Armies of the Hundred Years War by David NicolleFrench Armies of the Hundred Years War by David Nicolle

French Armies of the Hundred Years War

byDavid NicolleIllustratorAngus Mcbride

Paperback | February 15, 2000

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The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries were a time of great upheaval for medieval France. In 1328 the Capetian line came to an end. This was the trigger for the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) as successive English kings attempted to uphold their claim to the French throne. Catastrophic defeats at Crécy and Poitiers shook the French kingdom to its core. A period of respite followed under Bertrand du Guesclin, but an even more devastating assault was to follow, under the warrior-king par excellence Henry V, and the French disintegration continued until 1429. This book details how the French began a recovery, partly triggered by the young visionary Joan of Arc, that would end with them as the major European military power.
David Nicolle was born in 1944 and was educated at Highgate School. For eight years he worked in the BBC Arabic Service. In 1971 he went 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a PhD from Edinburgh University. For some years he taught art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan...
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Title:French Armies of the Hundred Years WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.68 × 7.24 × 0.1 inPublished:February 15, 2000Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1855327104

ISBN - 13:9781855327108

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Table of Contents

Background & Overview · Chronology · Recruitment · Organisation · Equipment · Tactics · Naval aspects · Further Reading · Eight full colour plates

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With the fall of the ruling Capetian line, the British monarchy laid claim to, and shortly after attempted to seize, the throne of France, thus triggering the Hundred Years War. As a chain of monarchs attempted to enforce their claim militarily at Crecy and Poitiers, France became increasingly shaken, a situation made more severe by the ravages of Henry V. With the ascendancy of Joan of Arc however, French forces found new vigour, soon driving out the English and rising to become a dominant European power. In French Armies of the Hundred Years War, the soldiers, arms and armour of this period are thoroughly detailed, enhanced by an evocative selection colour and black-and-white illustrations.