Arms, Armies and Fortifications in the Hundred Years War

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The Hundred Years War embraced warfare in all aspects, from the grand set pieces of Crecy and Agincourt to the pillaged lands of the dispossessed population. What makes this book different from previous studies emphasising the great battles is its use of less familiar evidence, such as administrative records and landscape archaeology, to gain a truer picture of the realities of medieval warfare. From a general review of battle tactics, the book turns to examine (at points enlisting computer analysis) a number of ...

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Overview

The Hundred Years War embraced warfare in all aspects, from the grand set pieces of Crecy and Agincourt to the pillaged lands of the dispossessed population. What makes this book different from previous studies emphasising the great battles is its use of less familiar evidence, such as administrative records and landscape archaeology, to gain a truer picture of the realities of medieval warfare. From a general review of battle tactics, the book turns to examine (at points enlisting computer analysis) a number of issues: the composition of the English army, the management of affairs in Aquitaine, the response in England at large to the war and the consequent propaganda and hardship, and the impact of warfare on local communities. Close study of surviving artefacts — weapons, fortifications — also allows realistic assessments of military and naval experiences.Contributors: ANDREW AYTON, MATTHEW BENNETT, ANNE CURRY, IAN FRIEL, ROBERT HARDY, MICHAEL HUGHES, MICHAEL JONES, BRIAN KEMP, JOHN KENYON, MARK ORMROD, ROBERT SMITH, MALCOLM VALE.

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It was not called the Hundred Years War at first, of course, but still it was a grand canvas on which the chroniclers could paint their accounts of classic set battles such as Crecy and Agincourt in vivid colors and images of heroism by their aristocratic audiences. These dozen essays, from a November 1991 conference of professional historians and lay enthusiasts at Oxford, look at more mundane aspects of the conflict that England and France dragged out between 1339 and 1453. Among them are the composition of the English army, the response to the war in England, the management of affairs in Aquitaine and the Gascon reaction, propaganda and finances, and the impact of warfare on local communities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851157559
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/21/1999
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
List of Plates
List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 The Development of Battle Tactics in the Hundred Years War 1
2 English Armies in the Fourteenth Century 21
3 English Armies in the Fifteenth Century 39
4 The War in Aquitaine 69
5 The Domestic Response to the Hundred Years War 83
6 War and Fourteenth-Century France 103
7 The Fourteenth-Century French Raids on Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 121
8 Coastal Artillery Fortification in England in the Late Fourteenth and Early Fifteenth Centuries 145
9 Artillery and the Hundred Years War: Myth and Interpretation 151
10 The Longbow 161
11 Winds of Change? Ships and the Hundred Years War 183
12 English Church Monuments during the Period of the Hundred Years War 195
Index of Names and Places 213
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