A Great and Glorious Adventure: A History of the Hundred by Gordon Corrigan

By Gordon Corrigan

The glory and tragedy of the Hundred Years battle is published in a brand new ancient narrative, bringing Henry V, the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc to clean and shiny life

In this eye-catching new historical past of a clash that raged for over a century, Gordon Corrigan finds the horrors of conflict and the machinations of energy that experience formed a millennium of Anglo-French relations.

The Hundred Years battle used to be fought among 1337 and 1453 over English claims to either the throne of France via correct of inheritance and big elements of the rustic that have been at one time Norman or, later, English. The struggling with ebbed and flowed, yet regardless of their more advantageous strategies and nice victories at Crécy, Poitiers, and Agincourt, the English may possibly by no means desire to safe their claims in perpetuity: France was once wealthier and much extra populous, and whereas the English gained the battles, they can no longer desire to carry eternally the lands they conquered.

Military historian Gordon Corrigan's gripping narrative of those epochal occasions in combative and refreshingly alive, and the good battles and personalities of the interval - Edward III, The Black Prince, Henry V, and Joan of Arc between them - obtain the complete consciousness and reassessment they deserve.

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His slaughter of prisoners taken at Acre in 1191 did not detract from the contemporary view of him as the epitome of knightly conduct – after all, the prisoners were not Christians. Certainly, Richard was personally brave and a competent general, well educated by the standards of the time, a patron of the arts and especially of musicians, and a reasonable composer and singer of songs himself. 8 Coming back from his crusade, he was captured by Duke Leopold of Austria, sold on to the Holy Roman Emperor, and held prisoner for a year while a ‘king’s ransom’ of 100,000 marks was raised to free him.

In this, they particularly upset the Marcher Lords, who found estates in Wales and on the border that should have gone to them being acquired by the Despensers, while early on Hugh the Younger upset the earl of Lancaster when he was granted a potentially lucrative wardship which Lancaster had attempted to obtain for himself. Antagonism towards the Despensers exploded in 1321 when the Marcher Lords, aided by Lancaster and including one Roger Mortimer, attacked Despenser lands and properties. In Parliament in London, the lords laid the usual charges: removal of competent officials by the Despensers and their replacement by corrupt ones; refusing access to the king unless one of them was present; misappropriating properties; and generally giving the king bad advice.

Robert Bruce, who had initially revolted in 1297 but then changed sides and supported Edward’s subsequent campaigning, led another rising in 1306 and, having eliminated another claimant to the throne by murdering him, had himself crowned as king. 16 If Edward I has been subject to historical revisionism, then none is necessary for his son. Edward II was every bit as unpleasant and incompetent as the chroniclers claim. Although he inherited his father’s commanding height and good looks and was a competent horseman, he had little interest in the other knightly virtues and corrupted the system of royal patronage.

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