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The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle

The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle

by Jonathan Sumption


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ISBN-13: 9780812216554
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Series: The Middle Ages Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 341,011
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 9.21(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Volume I
List of Maps and Plansvii
IFrance in 13281
IIThe England of Edward III38
IVCrises of Succession100
VWar in Scotland, 1331-1335123
VIThe Failure of Diplomacy: The Threat at Sea, 1335-1337152
VIIGrand Strategy, 1337-1338185
VIIICambrai and the Thierache, 1338-1339239
IXThe Flemish Alliance and the Campaigns on the Scheldt, 1339-1340291
XSluys and Tournai: The War of the Albrets, 1340319
XIBrittany, 1341-1343370
XIIThe Truce of Malestroit, 1343-1345411
XIIIBergerac and Auberoche, 1345-1346455
XIVAiguillon and Crecy, 1346489
XVThe Siege of Calais, 1346-1347535

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The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jintster on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Sumption is one of England's top 2 or 3 commercial lawyers. Goodness knows how he finds the time to research and write history books as well. As Sumption points out, this is narrative history without much in the way of analysis. Although it is 600 pages and only covers teh first 10 years of the war, events move at a rapid pace and the number of personablities involved can make things a bit confusing. There's a degree of unreality in that we don't ever get to understand the characters of the two main protaganists - Edward III and Philip VI - except through their actions. Sumption is right to point out that contempary chroniclers just didn't write about royalty in that way. There's a solid section on the causes of the war - fundamentally the centiuries old problem of kings in England having to do homage for their possessions in France. Sumption is strong on the problems of paying for war and the devastation that maurading armies caused.Good, solid history (and I'll certainly read volume 2 at some point) but Sumption the historian is not in the same rank as Sumption the lawyer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.