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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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The Hundred Years War : the English in France, 1337-1453 by Desmond Seward (1978)



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Read this for a research paper on the battle of Agincourt, but read the entire thing so that I had a background of the entire war. It's very readable and fairly quick. I felt it was lacking something, though, perhaps because it's mostly a military history and does not at all delve into the social implications of the war (besides mentioning that there were some). It definitely gave me a very good sense of why the conflict arose and the series of battles that ensued. If, like me, you get a bit mixed up about who's who, I'd write names down on a separate piece of paper to keep them straight. Otherwise, it's written clearly and Seward is obviously full of enthusiam. I'm looking forward to reading some of Seward's biographies, especially on Eleanor of Aquitaine. ( )
  Kristin_Curdie_Cook | Apr 29, 2016 |
Desmond Seward's Hundred Years War between France & England is an amazing work on Medieval Europe between 1337 to 1453. In this book, the reader will see the perceived grievances & made up pretenses leading to conflict which weakened both the Valois line & the Plantagenets, both claiming rights to the French throne located in Paris.
Once the conflict began, the battles raged from the coast to land with the French navy ending up destroyed, the French embarrassment in utter defeats at Crecy, Poitiers, & Agincourt, the divided loyalties, betrayals, & murders committed, the rise of Joan of Arc to raise French hopes, her murder at the hands of the English & betrayal by the French monarch. Finally, the sheer exhaustion as both sides faced with internal troubles leading to the final treaty leaving the English with Calais.
Each chapter begins with a quote from Shakespeare & a quote from a medieval source of the time. It has a chronology of the events & maps to keep track. He has a selected bibliography for further reading. It is a good read for a greater understanding of the late medieval world before the Reformation. ( )
  walterhistory | Dec 28, 2015 |
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. ( )
1 vote 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. ( )
1 vote 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. ( )
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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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