By Desmond Seward
For over 100 years England many times invaded France at the pretext that her kings had a correct to the French throne. France used to be a wide, unwieldy state, England was once small and terrible, yet for the main half she ruled the warfare, sacking cities and castles and profitable battles - together with such excellent victories as Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, yet then the English run of good fortune started to fail, and in 4 brief years she misplaced Normandy and eventually her final stronghold in Guyenne. The protagonists of the Hundred 12 months struggle are one of the so much vibrant in eu background: for the English, Edward III, the Black Prince and Henry V, later immortalized by way of Shakespeare; for the French, the well suited yet inept John II, who died a prisoner in London, Charles V, who very approximately overcame England and the enigmatic Charles VII, who did ultimately force the English out. Desmond Seward's account lines the alterations that ended in France's ultimate victory and brings to lifestyles all of the intrigue and color of the final chivalric combats as they gave strategy to a extra brutal smooth conflict
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A Brief History of the Hundred Years War: The English in France, 1337-1453 (Brief Histories) by Desmond Seward