A Brief History of The Hundred Years War: the English in France 1337-1453
Desmond Seward

A Brief History of The Hundred Years War: the English in France 1337-1453

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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Desmond Seward

Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Ampleforth and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He is the author of many books including The Monks of War: The Military Religious Orders, The Hundred Years War, The Wars of the Roses, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry V as Warlord, Josephus, Masada and the Fall of Judaea (da Capo, US, April 2009), Wings over the Desert: in action with an RFC pilot in Palestine 1916-18 (Haynes Military, July 2009) and Old Puglia: A Portrait of South Eastern Italy (Haus August 2009). Forthcoming is The Last White Rose: the Spectre at the Tudor Court 1485-1547 (C...
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  • "...a well written narrative, beautifully illustrated, and which takes into account most recent research. It is also a good read."
    Richard Cobb, The New Statesman
  • "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."
    New Yorker