Henry VIII and Francis I: The Final Conflict, 1540-47

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BRILL, May 10, 2011 - History - 562 pages
The aim of this book is to explore the neglected subject of the final war between France and England at the end of Henry VIII s and Francis I s reigns. The relationship between these two monarchs has long fascinated historians and serious work has been done in the last generation, especially on the earlier period. Rather less has been done on the end of their reigns. The perspective is a dual one, from both that of England and France, with equal weight given to the reasons for conflict and the effects of war on both (on land and sea, in France and Scotland). For England, the military effort of the period proved to be extremely damaging and long-lasting, while France found itself at war on two fronts for the first time since the early 1520s. The book therefore asks why Henry VIII opted for the imperial alliance in 1542, thus committing himself to war in the long term, and why Francis I and his advisers did not do more to win over the English alliance. The Anglo-French war needs to be placed firmly in the context of the great Habsburg-Valois dual. The Anglo-French wars of this period have not received any serious modern analysis and the study of diplomacy in the period needs to be updated. Maps and plans are included and some illustrations.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Road to War
33
Scotland between England and France
86
Chapter Three England and the Wars in Flanders 15421543
120
The Invasion of France 1544
153
Chapter Five An Unequal Contest? English Military Organisation 15421547
205
Chapter Six The War in France 15451546
266
The Mercenary Market 15431546
305
Chapter Eight The Admirals War
347
Imperial and Protestant Mediation 15441546
391
The Treaty of ArdresGuînes June 1546
427
Conclusion The End of Two Reigns
462
Appendices
485
Bibliography
527
Index
545
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David Potter has published extensively on the history of France and on Anglo-French relations in the sixteenth century, including "War and Government in the French Provinces: Picardy 1470-1560" (1993), and, more recently, "Foreign Intelligence and Information in Elizabethan England: Two English Treatises on the State of France, 1579-84" (2004/5) and "Renaissance France at War: Armies, Culture and Society, c.1480-1560" (2008).

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