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A Brief History of The Hundred Years War

the English in France 1337-1453

by Seward , Desmond

For over a hundred years England repeatedly invaded France on the pretext that her kings had a right to the French throne. France was a large, unwieldy kingdom, England small and poor, but for the most part she dominated the war, sacking towns and castles, winning battles, including such glorious victories as Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt. France was devastated by crop burning, raiding, looting and murder. Ordinary soldiers made fortunes from ransom and plunder. Great houses were built with the spoils, some of which still adorn England today. The author argues that the ‘uneasy relationship’ between French and English may well have its origin in the Hundred Years War.

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"Mr Seward shows us all the famous sights of those roaring times …and illuminates them with an easy scholarship, a nice sense of detail … and a most agreeable clarity of style."


Reviews: New Yorker

"...a well written narrative, beautifully illustrated, and which takes into account most recent research. It is also a good read."

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