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4.0 out of 5 stars The English Kingdom of France, 25 Aug 2011
This review is from: Conquest: The English Kingdom of France in the Hundred Years War (Paperback)
From the author of the Agincourt comes the equally remarkable but little known story of the dramatic last thirty years of the hundred years wars when England ruled most of France at the point of the sword. The book highlights Henry V's entry into the fray with his second invasion of France in 1417 and the resulting well run campaign put the crown of France on an English head. There is the interlude of the miraculous appearance of Joan of Arc who galvanised France and temporarily halted the English advance but in the main the downfall of the kingdom rests with the insipid rule of Henry VI who took full reins of government in 1537 although he was crowned as king in 1922, aged nine months. Henry VI ruled his kingdom for another twenty years but he was not the leader his father had been and the English were vanquished after a devastating campaign (run by the Dauphin that Joan of Arc had crowned Charles) that culminated in the devastating defeat for the English at Patay.

A very evocative and well told history of the period with plenty of detail and stories told throughout. It would have got five stars but I thought the book lacked some substance when highlighting some major points of history. The explanations on the battle of Verneuil (1924), which rivals that of Agincourt as a victory for the English and Patay for the French (1929), which resulted in the slaughter of the English longbow men thus avenging Agincourt, could have been more detailed. Never the less this is narrative history at its most colourful and compelling, the true story of those who fought for the English kingdom of France, an excellent read.
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