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A Great and Glorious Adventure: A Military History of the Hundred Years War Kindle Edition
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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.
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.Read more ›
this not my first attempt to get to grips with The Hundred Years War.
The other titles I have read left me confused and without explanation of they why's, who's, when's and .more importantly how's of the various campaigns.
A book with much humour and wit in the midst of quite often most sinister matters makes the reading of these often terrible events lighter but nonetheless informative.
Thank you Gordon..
Corrigan writes clearly and entertainingly about a quite confusing period of history. As the title makes clear his focus is on the military but he does not ignore other aspects such as religion and social factors.
I think some of the comments made in the 3 star reviews are a little harsh. Corrigan does not pretend to write a balanced account of the conflict; it is intended for the general reader not specialists, and as such he does an excellent job.
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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... Read morePublished 14 months ago by anderssonx
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... Read more
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