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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (7 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184887927X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848879270
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full of the fascinating might-have-beens of history --BBC History Magazine

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Gordon Corrigan was commissioned from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 1962 and retired from the Brigade of Gurkhas in 1998. A member of the British Commission for Military History, a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, he speaks fluent Nepali and is a keen horseman. His most recent books include Mud, Blood and Poppycock; Blood, Sweat and Arrogance and The Second World War.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JANEITE on 13 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book written by a retired officer of the Royal Gurkha Rifles and enjoyed it very much. As an introduction to the Hundred Years War it is excellent. Being an ex soldier, he is very good on logistics and tactics and writes with a soldier's appreciation of the task undertaken by the English Plantagenet kings who crossed the channel in pursuit of their 'just rights and inheritances'. Indeed, at many points he conveys a longing to have been part of the campaigns of Edward III, the Black Prince and Henry V. However, for the informed reader it lacks the depth of a book such as, say, Agincourt, and really should be subtitled 'A Very Short Military History of the Hundred Years War' - coming in at just over 280 pages the whole thing. (That the deeds of the Plantagenet kings resonate with the French into modern times, he cites a standing order of General Charles de Gaulle that while travelling around the country he was never to be within thirty kilometres of Agincourt).

With regard to the lack of depth, indeed lack of scholarship, at one point he is critical of Henry V's offer to the 18 year old Dauphin to settle the dispute in 'trial by combat'. Pointing to the age difference as being unfair he calls Henry's challenge schoolboyish. Well, the Black Prince fought pitch battle at Crecy aged 16, Henry V took an arrow in the face at Shrewsbury aged 18 - and continued fighting, Edward IV won Towton aged 19 ... surely that is one of the reasons the English were able to dominate in the French wars: the French monarchs were seriously underpowered vis-a-vis their Plantagenet counterparts. It was only on the accession of a seriously underpowered Plantagenet king that the French were able to gain the upper hand and eject the English from their territory.

As an introduction to the subject it is ideal, but, as I previously stated, I can't see it fully satisfying the knowledgeable reader - hence 3 stars.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Wineberg on 7 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
What was wrong with the French? Why didn’t they just let the English take over their lands? Why did they have to keep fighting? Why did they want to push the English back across the Channel? These are the puzzling questions that led English kings to keep crossing the Channel for over a century to try to get the French to let them rule. All they wanted was everything. Three million Brits wanted control over 16 million French. King after king led sorties and sieges - that succeeded. But the English never consolidated their victories by occupying and administering (until about 90 years into it). They swept through the land, destroying anything that was not sufficiently defended, and moved on, returning control to the natives who were left. Then they came back and laid it waste again. And again. This is the essence of the Hundred Years’ War.

It was made a little more difficult because of the Scots who had a treaty with France to come to their aid in the case of an English invasion. The Scots fulfilled their commitment by gleefully attacking northern England, and running away when the English came after them. Even the capture of their king didn’t stop them. It was a labour of love. And it kept English troops in the north, when they were needed on the continent. Eventually, the Scots fought alongside the French in France, such was their love of England.

The English had an advanced military strategy. They had banks of archers who did nothing but shoot arrows into the air – six per minute each. This resulted in a rain of tens of thousands of arrows that not only killed and maimed, but frightened the horses into rearing and fleeing. The English liked to set up where it was advantageous, dig holes and trenches to slow the enemy, and wait to be attacked.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anderssonx on 2 Jun. 2015
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Anglo-saxons arew incapable of telling the whole story about this war, which the english lost. There is a lot of talk about crecy and agincourt (wrongly spelt) but nothing anbout the breakdown of the english military power in the 1430s and 1440s. You have to be able3 to read french to know anything about that.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MiddleAge on 14 April 2014
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I would recommend this as a book for a club to read as it generates discussion points aplenty.
Lots of details of how and why the English monarchs were able to gain successes and repeat them in an attempt to control as much of France as they could.
However, on balance it is a book that ducks too many of the serious issues (the great harm done to the French people by the wars, among others) to focus on catchy ones (big battles). As in many accounts of this conflict the flashy campaigns get disproportionately large amounts of attention even though they settled almost nothing whereas the real successes of the French state in the last 30 years remain puzzling as they are not explained or analysed in a rather short section that finishes off the story. The author makes a lot of assumptions on the reader's behalf and this gets increasingly discomfiting (English successes are all "good"; their failures are bad for us; religious beliefs are probably just for show and not genuine; the Scots were taught a lesson for interfering; and many others.) The text is augmented with some very helpful campaign maps but not a book for anyone who already is familiar with the subject.
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