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The Hundred Years War: The English in France, 1337-1453 (1978)

de Desmond 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.… (més)
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Bibliography: p. 275. Includes index.
  TorontoOratorySPN | Aug 31, 2022 |
A subject about which I knew too little. Reading about the ENglish raidings throughout France, all I could think of was warlords in the Congo. 600 years ago seems not so distant. ( )
  jcvogan1 | Jan 18, 2020 |
This brief account of the Hundred Years War is at times a little dry but on the whole it gives a clear account of the facts. It’s not too academic, which suits me. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Oct 23, 2019 |
There are many large historical events that do not make for good single-volume histories. They are too complex and the book will inevitably either be full of anecdote and/or miss the bigger picture. This short volume first published in 1978 is in that category. There are so many names and places and events given brief coverage one is more bewildered than enlightened. He often nods about this or that famous person or event, with the understanding you already have a deeper background. Seward is English and likely had an excellent English education on this subject. I do know the roots of the 100 Years War go back to land claims by the Normans who first settled Normandy as Vikings and later became English nobles after the Conquest, which is essential to understanding later motivations towards France, but none of this discussed. There is a lack of context, but many descriptions of "evil men" (Seward uses "evil" a lot), he portrays the English as perpetrators and the French as victims (mostly). The 100 Years War is complex and resistant to simple black and white narratives. Maybe it is best approached from the ground up - biographies of Kings, books about specific battles, etc.. ( )
1 vota Stbalbach | May 25, 2019 |
Read this for a research paper on the battle of Agincourt, but read the entire thing so that I had a background of the entire war. It's very readable and fairly quick. I felt it was lacking something, though, perhaps because it's mostly a military history and does not at all delve into the social implications of the war (besides mentioning that there were some). It definitely gave me a very good sense of why the conflict arose and the series of battles that ensued. If, like me, you get a bit mixed up about who's who, I'd write names down on a separate piece of paper to keep them straight. Otherwise, it's written clearly and Seward is obviously full of enthusiam. I'm looking forward to reading some of Seward's biographies, especially on Eleanor of Aquitaine. ( )
  Kristin_Curdie_Cook | Apr 29, 2016 |
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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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