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

By Gordon Corrigan

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

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

The Hundred Years struggle used to be fought among 1337 and 1453 over English claims to either the throne of France via correct of inheritance and massive elements of the rustic that were at one time Norman or, later, English. The battling ebbed and flowed, yet regardless of their more desirable strategies and nice victories at Crécy, Poitiers, and Agincourt, the English may possibly by no means wish to safe their claims in perpetuity: France was once wealthier and much extra populous, and whereas the English gained the battles, they can now not desire to carry without end the lands they conquered.

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

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Historians must, of course, present both sides of the argument, but they do not have to be neutral. I hope that I have treated the facts, as far as they can be determined with accuracy, as sacred, but I cannot hide my conviction that England’s demands on France were lawful and justified, and, even where they were not, I feel pride in the achievements of Edward III, the Black Prince and Henry V. For all the cruelty and bloodthirstiness exhibited by many English soldiers of the time, I would far rather have marched with Henry V, Calveley, Knollys, Dagworth et al than with Bertrand du Guesclin, the best-known French commander, or Joan of Arc.

In this book I have strayed into her territory, and I am grateful for her constructive comments, which have prevented me from going down divers blind alleys that would have led me to completely irrelevant conclusions. Any remaining errors are of course entirely mine. A GREAT AND GLORIOUS ADVENTURE From top to bottom: The coat of arms of Edward III adopted on claiming the French throne in 1337; the coat of arms of King George III prior to and after the abandonment of the claim to the French throne in 1801.

In any event, she did not conceive until 1312, when she was rising seventeen, which would indicate that Edward visited her bed but rarely. He did fulfil his dynastic duty, however, perhaps without much enthusiasm, and Isabella gave birth to the future Edward III in 1312, a second son, John, in 1316, and daughters Eleanor in 1318 and Joan in 1321. Isabella must have felt humiliated and embarrassed by her husband’s obvious preference for Gaveston over herself, particularly when she found Gaveston wearing the jewels given to Edward by her father, the French king, as wedding presents, and, worse, some of her own jewellery that had come over to England as part of her train.

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