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By Desmond Seward

For over 100 years England time and again invaded France at the pretext that her kings had a correct to the French throne. France was once a wide, unwieldy nation, England used to be small and terrible, yet for the main half she ruled the warfare, sacking cities and castles and successful battles - together with such wonderful victories as Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, yet then the English run of luck started to fail, and in 4 brief years she misplaced Normandy and eventually her final stronghold in Guyenne. The protagonists of the Hundred 12 months warfare are one of the such a lot vibrant in ecu historical past: for the English, Edward III, the Black Prince and Henry V, later immortalized by way of Shakespeare; for the French, the fabulous yet inept John II, who died a prisoner in London, Charles V, who very approximately overcame England and the enigmatic Charles VII, who did ultimately force the English out. Desmond Seward's account lines the adjustments that ended in France's ultimate victory and brings to existence all of the intrigue and color of the final chivalric combats as they gave option to a extra brutal glossy battle

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