The Hundred Years' War
The Hundred Years’ War
The Hundred Years’ War was one of the most significant conflicts of the Middle Ages and spanned several generations. Known in particular for its scale (it involved many different factions and five generations of kings), the war marked the height and the decline of chivalry. It had a considerable impact on Europe, bringing European monarchies into the age of modernity and giving rise to a sense of national pride. In just 50 minutes, you will find out why this war broke out and understand its profound effect on the European political landscape.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key moments in the fighting, including the English reconquest and the French resurgence and victory. It also features a full biography of the key protagonists, including Edward III of England, Charles VII of France and Bertrand du Guesclin, a valuable introduction to the political context and an evaluation of the impact of the war, giving you all the essential information about this bloody period in European history.
About The Hundred Years’ War
The Hundred Years’ War was one of the longest, most famous conflicts of the Middle Ages and took a significant toll on the populations of Europe. It lasted from 1337 to 1453 and saw the two most important monarchies of the Medieval West – France and England – face off against one another.
The war also took place at a troubled time – the Black Death and famine killed countless people in 1347, and many of the campaigns which took place during the war further decimated the population.
This clear and accessible 58-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to the Hundred Years’ War
- The English king as a vassal of the French king
- A vacant throne
- Key protagonists
- Edward III, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine
- Bertrand du Guesclin, constable of France
- Charles VII, King of France
- The Hundred Years’ War
- Overwhelming English domination
- Foreign wars and domestic crises in France and England
- The English reconquest
- The French resurgence and victory
- Impact of the Hundred Years’ War
- An endless war
- A reconfiguration of the social and spatial fabric
- Political regimes in total opposition
- The birth of nations
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