The Great Chevauchée: John of Gaunt's Raid on France 1373 Paperback – 20 May 2011
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I can certainly recommend this Osprey as a, frankly, not surprisingly worthwhile addition to your library --Miniature Wargames
: A complete history of John of Gaunt's great raid through the heart of France during the Hundred Years' War.See all Product description
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“The Great Chevauchee is not seen as one of the main events of the Hundred Years War, though it could be regarded as marking a significant turning point… Even within the context of the Hundred Years War subsequent developments soon reduced John of Gaunt’s epic campaign from the Channel coast to the Bay of Biscay to something of a sideshow. There would, in fact, be little campaigning on land after 1380, and follwing a series of short truces, an agreement was signed in 1396 under which both England and France accepted the status quo.
“In more immediate terms the Great Chevauchee’s lack of success caused great anger in England, where people had become accustomed to victory.”
“In France, the containment, if not defeat of the Great Chevauchee was just one more step in a militaryand political process that saw the English confined to a few small coastal enclaves by the time of the 1396 truce.”
This is an interesting and readable account of John of Gaunt’s Great Raid across France in 1373. It is well-illustrated with maps and diagrams, as well as contemporary illustrations. The Contents are –
P14: Initial Strategy
P22: The Plan
P35: The Raid
The Colour Plates are –
P09: map – England & France during the first half of 1373
P36: map – The Advance of the Great Chevauchee, 1 July – 9 October 1373
P37 – key to the above
P40-41: 2-page ¾ birds-eye-view plan – The Stand-off at Mont-Saint-Ela, 7-8 August 1373
P52-53: 2-page colour plate – French surprise attack on the English camp at Oulchy-le-Chateau 8 September. This shows French horsemen engaging English infantry, trees and castle in the background, with the mounted English leader receiving a mortal wound from a French knight. This is a very colourful and evocative painting of the scene.
P56-57: 2-page ¾ birds-eye-view plan – Jean de Montfort, the Duke of Brittany, falls into a double ambush laid by Oliver de Clisson near Sens, 27 September 1373
P66-67: 2-page colour plate – The English army on the march, approaching Bordeaux at the end of their route. This excellent painting shows the weary army at the end of its tether, trudging forward in a snowstorm, but still just about maintaining order.
P74: map – The Retreat of the Great Chevauchee 10 October – 25 December 1373
P75 – key to the above
There are numerous colour and monochrome illustrations supporting the text, including modern photographs of sites and relics, as well as contemporary manuscript illustrations and paintings – many of these in colour.
What authors like David Nicolle brings to the reader is the facts and figures in a way to help the reader understand the events not only behind why they occurred but also brings together all the facts as if the reader were on campaign with no real risk. Its beautifully written, it has great prose and when its added to the wonderful artwork of people like Peter Dennis, Donato Spedaliere and Mariusz Kozik it all comes to life especially with the maps of the campaign added.
All in this range of books are thrilling, entertaining and of course wonderfully expressive which make these a great gift to give to the young or old historian. Cracking stuff.
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In the 100 Year's War, he was one of the actors. And a part of this was a heavy duty raid of France, called "The Great Chevauchee." At the time of his raid, large armies fighting one another on the battlefield was no longer the main focus--raids had become more common.
For this raid, in 1373, he began with, at most, 15,000 troops and many horses. A map on page 36 outlines the dimensions of the raid--which exacted considerable pain on the French. At the same time, his casualty list was extensive. Hardly a major victory.
Thne slender Osprey volume does a nice job of outlining John of Gaunt's preparations, the finances of the raid, the logistics of moving a force across the English Channel, and so on.
All in all, a nice volume. . . .
The book comes with several good maps that clearly point out the situation to the readers. I kind of wish there there was an overall map of the raid that clearly show the breath of length and scale of the expedition. The book also come with good photographic collections and illustrations proves to be interesting. I think the cover of this book probably reflects best of the conditions of the men and horses as the raid continued. Although the raid was considered more of a failure then a success, it was universally considered to be "heroic" in nature. It bit strange to look it in that way since most of the raid consisted of burning, pillaging and hit and run battles.
But this is a pretty good book, well recommended for anyone who got an interest in medieval warfare, especially the conflict between the French and the English.
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