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The Hundred Years War
Curry, Anne.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2003]

Physical Description:
xv, 168 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.

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Central Library DC96 .C87 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Although the term 'Hundred Years War' was not coined until the 1860s, the Anglo-French conflicts of the later Middle Ages have long been of interest to historians. A fundamental question remains - was this a feudal war fought over ancient English rights in Gascony, or was it a dynastic war in which English kings battled for the crown of France itself?

This book, now fully revised and updated to take account of the latest scholarship, examines the origins and phases of the war and explores the trends in historical opinion from the fourteenth century to the present day. Anne Curry provides a straightforward narrative of English involvement in France, placing the well known military events in their diplomatic context. By focusing on the treaties of 1259, 1360 and 1420, Curry argues that there was not one 'hundred year war' but rather three separate yet linked conflicts, all with significant implications for the European scene as a whole, and for Anglo-French relations in the centuries to come.

Author Notes

ANNE CURRY is Professor of History at the University of Reading.

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Choice Review

A valuable addition to the standard accounts of this Anglo-French conflict in the late Middle Ages. Curry takes an English perspective and concentrates on the diplomatic relations between the two kingdoms, extending the explanation both backward and forward in time. Two chapters are especially welcome: a historiographical account of how the war has been treated, stretching from the 14th to the 20th centuries, and a perceptive and illuminating analysis of the wider context of the chronic conflict. Especially enlightening here is the "auld alliance" between Scotland and France, which stretched from 1295 until the formation of the British dual monarchy in 1603 and insured ultimate French victory and three centuries of Scottish independence. In clear prose, Curry keeps argument of the twin themes of dynastic and territorial claims manageable. The "winner" of the war was national monarchy, in France, in England, and in Scotland, while the loser was the medieval feudal world. Maps, genealogical tables, and a glossary are necessary aids, although the bibliography is highly selective and limted mostly to English titles. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty. J. E. Brink Texas Tech University

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Genealogical Tables
The Hundred Years War and Historians
Origins and Objectives: Anglo-French Conflict in the Fourteenth Century
New Wars or Old? Anglo French Conflict in the Fifteenth Century
The Wider Context

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