French Armies of the Hundred Years War (Men-at-Arms) Paperback – 15 Feb 2000
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David Nicolle was born in 1944 and was educated at Highgate School. For eight years he worked in the BBC Arabic Service. In 1971 he went 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a PhD from Edinburgh University. For some years he taught art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. David has written many Osprey titles, including MAA 140 Armies of the Ottoman Turks, MAA 320 Armies of the Caliphates 862-1098, and Campaign 43 Fornovo 1495. Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.
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The plates portray all facets of the French military of the time, the knights, common soldiers, artillery, and mercenaries. Several famous (or infamous) characters of the Hundred Year's War, among them Jeanne d'Arc, Bertrand du Guesclin, and Jean de Bethencourt, are marvellously illustrated as they put on their armor, command their troops, etc. Plate E's redition of a contemporary Basque warrior is also quite interesting.
The text of course, is detailed and greatly informative, although a tiny bit dull in a few places. The section on the changing French tactics over the course of the war is particularly useful. Overall, this is an essential source for a student of the Hundred Year's War, a conflict that has overall been well presented by Osprey Military Publishing.
The only slight weakness is the lack of information regarding some of the most iconic commanders and characters, but it’s perfectly understandable – space constraints.
With fine internal photographs and reproductions, including the only known contemporary picture of Jeanne d’Arc where the illustrator Angus McBride based his color plate, this book provides a solid base to further your studies regarding this conflict that shaped Europe and influenced foreign politics of many countries.
Angus McBride is the artist who produced the competently illustrated color plates; although the figures and equipment are, as usual, very well portrayed (and with references regarding the source material that inspired the images) it is obvious that the master artist had severe and tight time schedules...most backgrounds are barely sketched. They include: Cavalry 1337-1360; Infantry 1337-1360 (including a crossbowman, a sergeant and a Northern France Militiaman); Cavalry 1360-1415 (including representations of famous knights like Boucicault, Guichard Dauphin and Bertrand du Guesclin); Infantry 1360-1415 (including a crossbowman, a militiaman and a light infantryman from Southern France); Naval Warfare 1337-1415 (Jean de Bethencourt donning his armour; a Basque sailor and a Castillan naval captain); Cavalry 1415-1453 (Jeanne D'Arc in civilian clothing; a Breton man-at-arms and a French Knight); Infantry 1415-1453 (a Franc-archer, an insurgent and a Flemish mercenary); Artillery 1430-1453 (including a gunner with ribaudequin, his assistant and a handgunner). This sequential structure is excellent to better visualize the evolution of both cavalry and infantry in each phase of the hundred years war.
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