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The Hundred Years War: The English in France 1337-1453 (original 1978; edition 1999)

by Desmond Seward

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Title:The Hundred Years War: The English in France 1337-1453
Authors:Desmond Seward
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1999), Edition: Open market ed, Paperback, 304 pages
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A well-written, though necessarily brief, history of the conflicts known as the 'Hundred Years War'. Seward devotes enough attention to the well-known personalities involved without losing sight of the overall picture. The book is neither hagiographic nor revisionist, and presents the career of many luminaries (Henry V and Joan of Arc in particular) in an unromantic light. Some accounts of lesser-known engagements and other bridging passages can be hard to follow due to the number of named participants and the necessary truncation, but over all this is a valuable introduction to an engaging subject. ( )
  Lirmac | Jan 24, 2014 |
Seward presents an account of the conflict between England and France which began in 1337 with the taking of Guyene (the Angevin Dutchy of Aquitaine held by the English since 1259) by the French King Phillip VI and ended in 1453 with the English loosing the Bordeaux. In his account Seward points out that the English military superiority in the conflict was due to the fire power of the long-bow. At the end of the conflict the military superiority was held by the French with the adept use of cannon. This is a story of Shakespearian characters on the English side, Edward III, the Black Prince, Henry V, the Duke of Bedford, and others. For the most part, the English forces were not Shakespearian in their conduct of the war. Their main method of waging confict was a burnt earth style of plundering and destroying French territory and its inhabitants (chevauche'). As such Seward's work presents a less than flattering view of the English during this conflict and is woth reading. ( )
  Waltersgn | Sep 13, 2013 |
AP World History Review of "The Hundred Years War" by Desmond Seward

The Hundred Years War by Desmond Seward is a breif analysis of the long, brutal war that took place between England and France from 1337-1453. The majority of the book is written in a rather uncommon French perspective. Although the book is focused on reviewing the events of the war, Desmond commonly goes against the common traditions of seeing the English as nobel warriors and turns them, more or less, into brutal, inhumane monsters. His arguments are strong and well stated, and I for one, stand with him on his opinion that the French were attacked by rather unholy English men. Even if you do not support the same opinion you cannot deny that his arguments were valid and defendable.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book and it's short but thorough analysis of the one hundred years war. Some sections of the book were rather difficult to follow, however after re-reading these sections it became rather clear. I reccomend this book to any student or any person that has even a slight intrest in the hundred years war, it gives sufficient information and arguments in a short 270 pages. As for students without an intrest in the hundred years war, I don't reccomend this book, becuase our class readings have sustained enough knowledege for the basics. ( )
  Eddie_Ford725 | Dec 9, 2012 |
A good, popular history of one the most unusual conflicts in the Middle Ages.

full review: http://realmofryan.blogspot.com/2009/04/hundred-years-war.html ( )
  Z-Ryan | Apr 30, 2009 |
1989 The Hundred Years War: The English in France 1337-1453, by Desmond Seward (read 11 Mar 1986) This is written by an Englishman, and, in contrast with a book on the same war written by a Frenchman which I read (The Hundred Years War, by Edouard Perroy) on 21 June 1973 which spent one short paragraph on the Battle of Agincourt, this book deals quite fully with the great English victories: Crecy (1346), Poitiers (1356), Agincourt (1415), and Verneuil (1424). This is probably as good a book as the amateur historian that I am can hope to read on the 100 Years War. It lacks footnotes, but otherwise its scholarly apparatus is quite good--bibliography, maps, etc. It read easily and was an excellent book. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140283617, Paperback)

From 1337 to 1453 England repeatedly invaded France on the pretext that her kings had a right to the French throne. Though it was a small, poor country, England for most of those "hundred years" won the battles, sacked the towns and castles, and dominated the war. The protagonists of the Hundred Years War are among the most colorful in European history: Edward III, the Black Prince; Henry V, who was later immortalized by Shakespeare; the splendid but inept John II, who died a prisoner in London; Charles V, who very nearly overcame England; and the enigmatic Charles VII, who at last drove the English out. Desmond Seward's critically-acclaimed account of the Hundred Years War brings to life all of the intrigue, beauty, and royal to-the-death-fighting of that legendary century-long conflict.

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Offers a social and military history covering the time between 1337 and 1453, the years of plunder, looting, and kidnapping that characterized the war and made fortunes for English soldiers

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