Essential Histories 19 The 100 Years War

  • The 100 Years War. Essential Histories 19
  • By Anne Curry.
  • Paperback; November 2002; 96 pages
There can be no doubt that military conflict between France and England dominated European history in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This war is of considerable interest both because of its duration and the number of theatres in which it was fought. In this book, Hundred Years’ War expert Dr Anne Curry reveals how the war can reveal much about the changing nature of warfare: the rise of infantry and the demise of the knight; the impact of increased use of gunpowder and the effect of the wars on generations of people around it.
Introduction · Chronology · Background to war: England and France at peace and war - 1259-1328 · Warring sides: English and French monarchies on the eve of the Hundred Years' War · Outbreak: Mounting tensions 1336-37 · The fighting: The Hundred Years' War a narrative · Portrait of a soldier: Bertrand du Guesclin; companions in arms - Andrew Trollope and Osbern Mundeford · The world around war: War cruel and sharp · Portrait of a civilian: Christine de Pizan · How the war ended: The loss of Normandy and Gascony · Conclusion and consequences: A defining moment in history?