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The Hundred Years War: England and France at War C.1300-c.1450 (Cambridge Medieval Textbooks) Paperback – 12 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (12 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521319234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521319232
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Allmand writes lucidly, does not talk down, and is the master of his subject, as familiar with the primary sources as with the modern literature. The information, analysis and judicious comment which he packs into only 172 pages of text makes The Hundred Years War a model of its kind.' The Times Literary Supplement

'Dr Allmand writes well on the progress of the war, and in one or two important respects revises Perroy's influential narrative. The distinguishing feature of this book is, however, the attempt to place the conflict in a wider social, economic and cultural setting … Probably never before for the English reader has the Hundred Years War been placed in a broader context.' History

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This is a comparative study of how the societies of late-medieval England and France reacted to the long period of conflict between them commonly known as the Hundred Years War.

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Allmand writes clearly and persuasively about the Hundred Years War. This clarity means that it is an essential text for any student of the Hundred Years War. It is also enjoyable to read and easy to follow. He sets forth the course and possible causes of the war in the first two chapters of the book. He then goes on to discuss the reactions to defeat and warfare, paying particular interest to notions of 'nationalism' and propaganda. He places the conflict in its wider, social and economic context and in this respect it is certainly a definitive text.
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I got interested in the 100 years war and a brainy friend told me this was the best general intro. I suppose all the facts and analysis are very credible, but this often felt like it was addressing academics rather than the general reader, and at times felt like it was point-scoring. So I'm still in the market for a new-style not-dry book on the subject
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent analysis of English/French medieval rivalry 20 Oct. 2000
By Joe Owen - Published on Amazon.com
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Christopher Allmand has taken a very long timeframe of medieval rivalry between the two great powers of the time, England and France and has done an excellent job of describing the begining, preperation and culmination of a very Bloody and Nasty war between England and France. These two great nations were always antagonistic with each other and had finally reached a "boiling point" around 1300, thus declaring official and unofficial war with each other that did not end until the beginning of the 19th century. Allmand doesn't use schollarly details to confuse the reader, he writes in a good prose and is easy to understand the background of the French and English Kings who honestly did not like each other, even though in most circumstances they were related to each other by blood or marriage. This book also gives analysis of how the war between these two nations affected the innocent victims such as the villiagers, serfs and even nobility. This was a war of gaining territory, sacking villiages in the name of the King, very nasty and terrible battles and political status in Medieval Europe. I highly recommend this book to all who want to know about how the rivalry between England and France developed and how the rivalry led to war that made it not just a hundred year war, but a war that lasted well over 400 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of knowledge about more than just the battles 19 Mar. 2009
By G. Hearn - Published on Amazon.com
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I was looking for a text book, as opposed to a novel, about the Hundred Years War between England and France. Allmand's book is full of information about how the war affected the transition from middle ages feudalism to nation states, more centralized government (ugh!), and values at the time. If you want detailed battle descriptions, this is not the book to read. If you want to learn a lot about the period, this is it. The book is both factual and insightful.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Hundred Years War: England and France at War c.1300-c.1450 = 12 Mar. 2012
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Intended as a gift for an avid history reader. The book's print was miniscule. A magnifying glass would be necessary to read it. Scholastic to the point of boredom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice try, but not an astonishing one, not even for a "summary" 28 Oct. 2010
By Stephan78 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a nice book for getting into the fascinating theme, but it has its flaws.

The main problem with it is: First chapters are way better, both in data and writing, but the more you progress towards the last page, the text becomes more unsubstantial and boring, with some chapters -imho- that are not even worth reading, specially the last chapters, wich are full of void considerations and interpretations of no interest at all.

Anyway, don't hesitate to give it a try if you are not into the subject. I wish the author could write another version of this without the last 30 pages.
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