Conquest: The English Kingdom of France, 1417-1450

Conquest: The English Kingdom of France, 1417-1450

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by Juliet Barker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674065603

ISBN-13: 9780674065604

Pub. Date: 02/27/2012

Publisher: Harvard

For thirty dramatic years, England ruled a great swath of France at the point of the sword—an all-but-forgotten episode in the Hundred Years’ War that Juliet Barker brings to vivid life in Conquest.

Following Agincourt, Henry V’s second invasion of France in 1417 launched a campaign that would place the crown of France on an English

Overview

For thirty dramatic years, England ruled a great swath of France at the point of the sword—an all-but-forgotten episode in the Hundred Years’ War that Juliet Barker brings to vivid life in Conquest.

Following Agincourt, Henry V’s second invasion of France in 1417 launched a campaign that would place the crown of France on an English head. Buoyed by conquest, the English army seemed invincible. By the time of Henry’s premature death in 1422, nearly all of northern France lay in his hands and the Valois heir to the throne had been disinherited. Only the appearance of a visionary peasant girl who claimed divine guidance, Joan of Arc, was able to halt the English advance, but not for long. Just six months after her death, Henry’s young son was crowned in Paris as the first—and last—English king of France.

Henry VI’s kingdom endured for twenty years, but when he came of age he was not the leader his father had been. The dauphin whom Joan had crowned Charles VII would finally drive the English out of France. Barker recounts these stirring events—the epic battles and sieges, plots and betrayals—through a kaleidoscope of characters from John Talbot, the “English Achilles,” and John, duke of Bedford, regent of France, to brutal mercenaries, opportunistic freebooters, resourceful spies, and lovers torn apart by the conflict.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674065604
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
02/27/2012
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Notes to the Text xv

Maps: Northern France xvii

France, 1429 xviii

France, 1436 xix

Table 1 The English Royal Line from Edward III xx

Table 2 The French Royal Line - The House of Valois xxi

Part 1 Establishing the Kingdom

1 Invasion 3

2 Conquest 15

3 Heir of France 31

4 The English Kingdom of France 46

5 Resistance 61

6 A Second Agincourt 76

Part 2 Jehanne D'Arc

7 The Pucelle 95

8 The Siege of Orléans 110

9 A New King of France 125

10 Capture 140

11 Trial and Execution 156

Part 3 War of Attrition

12 A Year of Disasters 175

13 Recovery 191

14 Disorder and Defeat 208

15 The Treaty of Arras 223

16 The Fall of Paris 239

Part 4 The Search for Peace

17 Defending Normandy 257

18 Gains and Losses 274

19 Missed Opportunities 289

20 A Last Military Effort 304

Part 5 The Truce of Tours

21 A Truce and a Marriage 323

22 Concessions for Peace 338

23 The Surrender of Maine 354

24 The Truce Breaks Down 370

25 Reconquest 385

Epilogue 401

Notes 406

Bibliography 438

Chronology of Key Events 447

Acknowledgements 455

Index 456

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Conquest: The English Kingdom of France 1417-1450 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Panoply More than 1 year ago
This book has a very good narrative flow and describes the times in an unusual (for a history book) and engaging way. The focus on Joan of Arc is pronounced, but this is a part of the charm of this book.