The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A superb narrative history."—Military History

"A rich book, filled with detail and incident, yet never losing a sense of the overall sweep of events."—Times Literary Supplement

"In a balanced and seamless presentation, the origins and first decade of the Hundred Years' War unfold before the reader."—American Historical Review

"Without any doubt, this book immediately takes its place as the best available account of this phase of the war. . . . It is compulsively readable, in part the consequence of a lucid style and apt choice of detail, but mainly the result of a masterly overall grasp, acute judgment, fresh insight, and a compelling sense of immediacy that fully justifies the author's preference for a predominantly narrative approach. Throughout, there is a sense of a luminous intelligence working on the material."—History

"This will become a standard account of the War."—Choice

Sumption's two splendid volumes have done a very condiserable service to the current study of history by restoring narrative to its proper place in the discipline.
The London Review Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812216554
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: The Middle Ages Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 520,913
  • Product dimensions: 1.42 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

A former history fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, Jonathan Sumption is the author of The Hundred Years War, Volume 2: Trial by Fire, The Hundred Years War, Volume 3: Divided Houses, and The Hundred Years War, Volume 4: Cursed Kings, all available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Table of Contents

Volume I
List of Maps and Plans vii
Preface ix
I France in 1328 1
II The England of Edward III 38
III Gascony 69
IV Crises of Succession 100
V War in Scotland, 1331-1335 123
VI The Failure of Diplomacy: The Threat at Sea, 1335-1337 152
VII Grand Strategy, 1337-1338 185
VIII Cambrai and the Thierache, 1338-1339 239
IX The Flemish Alliance and the Campaigns on the Scheldt, 1339-1340 291
X Sluys and Tournai: The War of the Albrets, 1340 319
XI Brittany, 1341-1343 370
XII The Truce of Malestroit, 1343-1345 411
XIII Bergerac and Auberoche, 1345-1346 455
XIV Aiguillon and Crecy, 1346 489
XV The Siege of Calais, 1346-1347 535
Abbreviations 593
References 595
Bibliography 628
Index 643
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    Recommended by Bernard Conrwell, bestselling author

    In a historical note to his novel about the start of 100 Years War, The Archer's Tale, Bernard Conwell recommends Trial by Battle as superb, as well as acknowledging an enormous debt to the book. Sumption is a successful lawyer and writes his superb books in his 'spare' time.

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