By Gordon Corrigan
The glory and tragedy of the Hundred Years struggle is published in a brand new ancient narrative, bringing Henry V, the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc to clean and shiny life
during this beautiful new background of a clash that raged for over a century, Gordon Corrigan finds the horrors of conflict and the machinations of energy that experience formed a millennium of Anglo-French family.
The Hundred Years warfare was once fought among 1337 and 1453 over English claims to either the throne of France via correct of inheritance and massive elements of the rustic that have been at one time Norman or, later, English. The scuffling with ebbed and flowed, yet regardless of their improved strategies and nice victories at Crécy, Poitiers, and Agincourt, the English may perhaps by no means desire to safe their claims in perpetuity: France used to be wealthier and much extra populous, and whereas the English received the battles, they can now not desire to carry perpetually the lands they conquered.
army historian Gordon Corrigan's gripping narrative of those epochal occasions is combative and refreshingly alive, and the good battles and personalities of the interval - Edward III, The Black Prince, Henry V, and Joan of Arc between them - obtain the entire cognizance and reassessment they deserve.
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Although Becket may well have deserved all he got, and certainly seems to have gone out of his way to provoke his own assassination, it was probably not at the king’s instigation but due to the killers’ misunderstanding of the latter’s wishes – although to this day Canterbury Cathedral continues to attract tourists happy to view the site of the murder. Henry was, in fact, already enormously rich and a great landowner when he came to the throne. Duke of Normandy from 1150 and count of Anjou from his father’s death in 1151, he married in 1152 the fabulously wealthy Eleanor, duchess of Aquitaine and countess of Poitiers, who had inherited both lands and titles in her own right from her father, who had no sons.
The earl of Lancaster and a number of his supporters refused, on the grounds that Parliament had not approved the finance for the expedition, which was therefore illegal. Edward went ahead anyway and the result was a disaster when, at Bannockburn in June 1314, his army of around 10,000 was decisively defeated by a much smaller Scottish army commanded by Robert Bruce. Edward fled the field (to be fair, he wanted to stand and fight but his minders would not have it) and his army collapsed with perhaps a third becoming casualties.
In Parliament in London, the lords laid the usual charges: removal of competent officials by the Despensers and their replacement by corrupt ones; refusing access to the king unless one of them was present; misappropriating properties; and generally giving the king bad advice. Edward, backed into a corner and faced with the united opposition of so many, had little choice but to agree to Parliament’s demands and the Despensers were duly exiled. Now began Edward’s only successful military campaign of his entire reign.