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

Paperback | August 15, 1999

byDesmond Seward

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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.

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Dominating France with a barrage of invasions between 1337 and 1453, England firmly believed it had a right to the French throne. The Hundred Years War: The English in France looks at the key players during this era, including the Black Prince, Henry V, John II and Edward III. Critically acclaimed, this book introduces the reader to th...

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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...

Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Cambridge University. He is the author of Richard III: England's Black Legend, The Monks of War, and The War of the Roses.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.6 inPublished:August 15, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from All you needed to know, and more This is a wonderful book, academic enough for the student doing a university paper but enjoyable enough for the regular reader who wishes to learn more about this period of English and French history. I had read other texts about the Hundred Years War, but they usually focused on the English side. This book explores both sides and does not short shrift anyone. Also, the sacred cows of English history are dealt with fairly but not reverently. If you want the real scoop on Shakespeare’s honourable King Hal, this is the place to look. This is a great first book for those who know nothing about the Hundred Years War and an enjoyable refresher for those interested in having another look.
Date published: 2000-08-27

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
1. Valois or Plantagenet? 1328-1340
2. Crécy 1340-1350
3. Poitiers and the Black Prince 1350-1360
4. Charles the Wise 1360-1380
5. Richard II: A Lost Peace 1380-1399
6. Burgundy and Armagnac: England's Opportunity 1399-1413
7. Henry V and Agincourt 1413-1422
8. John, Duke of Bedford, Regent of France 1422-1429
9. 'The Witch of Orleans' 1429-1435
10. 'Sad Tidings' 1435-1450
11. The End: 'A Dismal Fight' 1450-1453
12. Epilogue

Appendix: A Note on CurrencyChronology
Select Bibliography
Index

From Our Editors

Dominating France with a barrage of invasions between 1337 and 1453, England firmly believed it had a right to the French throne. The Hundred Years War: The English in France looks at the key players during this era, including the Black Prince, Henry V, John II and Edward III. Critically acclaimed, this book introduces the reader to the intrigue and loyalty surrounding the battles and bloodshed, which lasted a century. Desmore Seward offers an engrossing account of medieval England's conflict with France in this absorbing history.