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By Gordon Corrigan

The glory and tragedy of the Hundred Years warfare is printed in a brand new historic narrative, bringing Henry V, the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc to clean and brilliant life

In this alluring new background of a clash that raged for over a century, Gordon Corrigan finds the horrors of conflict and the machinations of strength that experience formed a millennium of Anglo-French relations.

The Hundred Years struggle used to be fought among 1337 and 1453 over English claims to either the throne of France via correct of inheritance and massive elements of the rustic that were at one time Norman or, later, English. The battling ebbed and flowed, yet regardless of their more suitable strategies and nice victories at Crécy, Poitiers, and Agincourt, the English may perhaps by no means wish to safe their claims in perpetuity: France used to be wealthier and much extra populous, and whereas the English gained the battles, they can no longer desire to carry ceaselessly the lands they conquered.

Military historian Gordon Corrigan's gripping narrative of those epochal occasions in combative and refreshingly alive, and the nice battles and personalities of the interval - Edward III, The Black Prince, Henry V, and Joan of Arc between them - obtain the entire consciousness and reassessment they deserve.

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When Prince Henry died in 1183, the king assumed that, as Richard was now the heir apparent, Aquitaine would pass to his third son, John. But Richard, having learnt his trade as a soldier subduing rebellious barons there, had no intention of giving up Aquitaine, and family quarrels, culminating in an invasion of England by Richard supported by the French king, Philip II, in 1189, forced Henry to make a humiliating peace shortly before he died, to be succeeded as king by the thirty-two-year-old Richard.

Robert Bruce, who had initially revolted in 1297 but then changed sides and supported Edward’s subsequent campaigning, led another rising in 1306 and, having eliminated another claimant to the throne by murdering him, had himself crowned as king. 16 If Edward I has been subject to historical revisionism, then none is necessary for his son. Edward II was every bit as unpleasant and incompetent as the chroniclers claim. Although he inherited his father’s commanding height and good looks and was a competent horseman, he had little interest in the other knightly virtues and corrupted the system of royal patronage.

By his behaviour and by his position as the king’s principal adviser, Gaveston was bound to make dangerous enemies: he was exiled once by Edward I and twice by Edward II under pressure from the magnates, who threatened civil war if the favourite did not go. Then, in 1312, Gaveston’s return from exile for the third time did spark baronial revolt. He eventually fell into the hands of his enemies, principally the earl of Warwick, and, after a trial which was probably illegal, he was condemned to death and beheaded near Kennilworth on land belonging to the earl of Lancaster.

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