GORDON CORRIGAN    Book Number: 83856    Product format: Paperback

Sub-titled 'A History of the Hundred Years War and the Birth of Renaissance England.' "No subclass of history can stand alone - social, political, economic and military history all impinge upon each other." "I hope that I have treated the facts, as far as they can be determined with accuracy, as sacred, but I cannot hide my conviction that England's demands on France were lawful and justified, and, even where they were not, I feel pride in the achievements of Edward III, the Black Prince and Henry V. For all the cruelty and bloodthirstiness exhibited by many English soldiers of the time, I would far rather have marched with Henry V, Calveley, Knollys, Dagworth et al than with Bertrand du Guesclin, the best-known French commander, or Joan of Arc." This captivating history of a conflict that raged for over a century reveals the horrors of battle and the machinations of power that have shaped a millennium of Anglo-French relations. The glory and tragedy of the Hundred Years War was fought between 1337 and 1453 over English claims to the throne of France by right of inheritance, and to large parts of the country that had at one time been Norman or later, English. The fighting ebbed and flowed, but despite their superior tactics and great victories at Crécy, Poitiers, and Agincourt, the English could never hope to secure their claims in perpetuity. France was wealthier and more populous, and while the English won the battles, they could not hope to forever hold the lands they conquered. This gripping narrative of these epochal events is combative and refreshingly alive and all the great personalities of the period - Edward III, the Black Prince, Henry V and Joan of Arc among them - receive the full attention and reassessment they deserve. Bloodshed makes for entertaining history and here are fascinating battle descriptions with accounts of the Byzantine politics and mostly unpleasant personalities. Written with knowledge and humour. 308pp in softback, illus and many maps and apologies for remainder mark.
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