The Hundred Years War

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 29, 2003 - History - 168 pages
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Although the term 'Hundred Years War' was not coined until the 1860s, the Anglo-French conflicts of the later Middle Ages have long been of interest to historians. A fundamental question remains - was this a feudal war fought over ancient English rights in Gascony, or was it a dynastic war in which English kings battled for the crown of France itself?

This book, now fully revised and updated to take account of the latest scholarship, examines the origins and phases of the war and explores the trends in historical opinion from the fourteenth century to the present day. Anne Curry provides a straightforward narrative of English involvement in France, placing the well known military events in their diplomatic context. By focusing on the treaties of 1259, 1360 and 1420, Curry argues that there was not one 'hundred year war' but rather three separate yet linked conflicts, all with significant implications for the European scene as a whole, and for Anglo-French relations in the centuries to come.

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User Review  - Stbalbach - LibraryThing

Very short book on a very large and complex subject. Part of a series called "Essential Histories" all of which follow the same layout and format, commissioned by Osprey Publishing to academic authors ... Read full review

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User Review  - JohnPhelan - LibraryThing

A good introduction to this long, sprawling conflict, which is especially strong on the grand strategy of the war. Read full review

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Anne Curry is Professor of History, University of Reading.

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