A Great and Glorious Adventure: A History of the Hundred Years War and the Birth of Renaissance England

A Great and Glorious Adventure: A History of the Hundred Years War and the Birth of Renaissance England

by Gordon Corrigan

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The glory and tragedy of the Hundred Years War is revealed in a new historical narrative, bringing Henry V, the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc to fresh and vivid life.

In this captivating new history of a conflict that raged for over a century, Gordon Corrigan reveals the horrors of battle and the machinations of power that have shaped a millennium of Anglo-French relations.

The Hundred Years War was fought between 1337 and 1453 over English claims to both the throne of France by right of inheritance and large parts of the country that had been at one time Norman or, later, English. The fighting ebbed and flowed, but despite their superior tactics and great victories at Crécy, Poitiers, and Agincourt, the English could never hope to secure their claims in perpetuity: France was wealthier and far more populous, and while the English won the battles, they could not hope to hold forever the lands they conquered.

Military historian Gordon Corrigan's gripping narrative of these epochal events is combative and refreshingly alive, and the great battles and personalities of the period—Edward III, The Black Prince, Henry V, and Joan of Arc among them—receive the full attention and reassessment they deserve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605986050
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,028,456
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Gordon Corrigan is a member of the British Commission for Military History and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. He is the author of The Second World War. Gordon lives in England.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

List of Maps ix

Introduction 1

1 Where it All Began 13

2 Stating the Claim 39

3 From Obligation to Profession 61

4 Crécy 85

5 Triumph and Disaster-Calais and the Black Death 113

6 The Capture of a King 137

7 The French Revival 165

8 Revolts and Retribution 195

9 Once More unto the Breach 221

10 The Pride and the Fall 251

Epilogue 281

Notes 287

Select Bibliography 291

Note on the Author 295

Acknowledgements 297

Index 299

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