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A Short History of the Hundred Years War

A Short History of the Hundred Years War
Michael Prestwich

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The conflict that swept over France from 1337 to 1453 remains the longest military struggle in history. A bitter dynastic fight between Plantagenet and Valois, The Hundred Years War was fought out on the widest of stages while also creating powerful new nationalist identities. In his vivid new history, Michael Prestwich shows that it likewise involved large and charismatic individuals: Edward III, claimant to the French throne; his son Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince; wily architect of the first French victories, Bertrand du Guesclin; chivalric hero Jean Boucicaut; inspirational leader Henry V, unlikely winner at Agincourt (1415), who so nearly succeeded in becoming King of France; and the martyred Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc, thought to be divinely inspired. Offering an up-to-date analysis of military organization, strategy and tactics, including the deadly power of English archery, the author explains the wider politics in a masterful account of the War as a whole: from English victory at Sluys (1340) to the turn of the tide and French revival as the invader was driven back across the Channel.

Author Info

Michael Prestwich, OBE, is Emeritus Professor of History and a former Pro-Vice Chancellor at Durham University. His many books include Plantagenet England, 1225-1360 (2005); Knight: The Medieval Warrior's (Unofficial) Manual (2010); Armies and Warfare in the Middle Ages: The English Experience (1996); English Politics in the Thirteenth Century (1990); The Three Edwards: War and State in England, 1272-1377 (1980); and War, Politics and Finance under Edward I (1972).

Review

‘Michael Prestwich’s introduction to the Hundred Years War can be very highly recommended. As a master of this complex history, he provides the reader with a brilliant narrative account. In addition, he offers sophisticated chapters on wider themes like military recruitment, logistics, chivalry and the economic impact of the war, all drawing upon the very latest scholarship and supported by short bibliographical essays that are worth the price of admission on their own.’ – Craig Taylor, Reader in Medieval History, University of York

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: I.B.Tauris Short Histories

Paperback
ISBN: 9781788311380
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2017
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 30 black and white integrated illustrations

Hardback
ISBN: 9781788311373
Publication Date: 07 Dec 2017
Number of Pages: 256
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 30 black and white integrated illustrations and 4 maps

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