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Readings in the Military History of The Hundred Years War (1337-1453)

Posted by William Young on October 31, 2012

International History

The Hundred Years War (1337-1453) was a series of conflicts between England and France (and their various allies) for control over the French throne during the Late Middle Ages.  The war started in 1337 as a dispute between Edward III of England (r. 1327-1377) and Philip VI of France (r. 1328-1350).  The conflict is generally divided into three phases:  the Edwardian War (1337-1360) from the start of the conflict to the Treaty of Brétigny (1360); the Caroline War (1369-1389) from Charles V of France’s (r. 1364-1380) declaration of war against England to the Truce of Leulinghem (1389) between Charles VI of France (r. 1380-1422) and Richard II of England (r. 1377-1399); and the Lancastrian War (1415-1453) from Henry V of England’s (r. 1413-1422) invasion of France (1415) to the French victory against England at the battle of Castillon (1453).  England had much success in the first phase, and at the beginning of the third phase, controlling large parts of France.  However, in the…

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