The Hundred Years War, 1337 to 1453, was the dynastic struggle between the French Capetians and the English Plantaganets and Lancastrians for the throne of a united France. It began as a series of raiding wars fought on French soil and developed into expeditionary wars fuelled by the territorial ambitions of a succession of English Kings, from Edward III to Henry V. This first volume in a new series of illustrated histories of medieval castles provides an in-depth guide to the main castles of the great Capetian kings, from Chateau Gaillard to the Castel de Coucy. The authors are both specialist historians and 3-D illustrators at the peak of their craft. This book represents the product of years of their research and detailed work. Illustrated in full colour throughout, it includes 3-D computer-generated reconstructions of the castles, battle scenes. This (and the subsequent volumes) will provide a complete reinterpretation of the classification of the medieval castle.