By Gordon Corrigan
The consideration and tragedy of the Hundred Years warfare is published in a brand new ancient narrative, bringing Henry V, the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc to clean and shiny life
In this eye-catching new heritage 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 relations.
The Hundred Years struggle was once fought among 1337 and 1453 over English claims to either the throne of France by way of correct of inheritance and massive elements of the rustic that were at one time Norman or, later, English. The scuffling with ebbed and flowed, yet regardless of their better strategies and nice victories at Crécy, Poitiers, and Agincourt, the English may by no means wish to safe their claims in perpetuity: France used to be wealthier and much extra populous, and whereas the English gained the battles, they can no longer wish to carry eternally the lands they conquered.
Military 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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A Great and Glorious Adventure: A Military History of the Hundred Years' War by Gordon Corrigan