By Anne Curry, Michael Hughes

The Hundred Years warfare embraced war in all features, from the grand set items of Crecy and Agincourt to the pillaged lands of the dispossessed inhabitants. What makes this publication diverse from prior reports emphasising the good battles is its use of much less typical proof, comparable to administrative files and panorama archaeology, to achieve a more true photograph of the realities of medieval struggle. From a basic overview of conflict strategies, the ebook turns to check (at issues enlisting laptop research) a few concerns: the composition of the English military, the administration of affairs in Aquitaine, the reaction in England at huge to the warfare and the resultant propaganda and difficulty, and the influence of struggle on neighborhood groups. shut learn of surviving artefacts - guns, fortifications - additionally permits reasonable exams of army and naval reports.

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Ships and the Hundred Years War Ian Friel 183 12. M. Ormrod Lecturer in History, University of York Michael Jones Professor of Medieval French History, University of Nottingham Michael Hughes County Archaeologist, Hampshire County Council and Visiting Fellow, University of Southampton John R. Kenyon Librarian, National Museum of Wales Robert D. Smith Head of Conservation, Royal Armouries, HM Tower of London Robert Hardy Actor, and Trustee, Mary Rose Trust Ian Friel Keeper, Littlehampton Museum Brian Kemp Professor of Medieval History, University of Reading Page vii Plates The plates appear between pages 110 and 111 English Armies in the Fourteenth Century I The battlefield of Crécy, looking south-eastwards from the observation tower thought to be on the site of the windmill from which Edward III viewed the field.

Their attack, uphill, in the now traditional, close-packed 'schiltroms' of spearmen, was bogged down in heavy ground (the area is still called Heavyside today), shot to pieces by the English archery and then massacred by a counter-attack of English cavalry (fig. 2). 14 Its first application in France was at Morlaix in Brittany in 1342 (fig. 3). The earl of Northampton was supporting the Montfort candidate to the duchy. After initial successes in Montfortian areas he bit off more than he could chew by besieging Morlaix.

Further, his avoidance of battle at Buironfosse in 1339, and the following year at Bouvines, had proved masterstrokes in that Edward's campaigns collapsed as a result. Such a policy took some nerve to carry through, though, as it meant accepting the 23 Geoffrey le Baker describes potholes one foot square and one deep (R. Barber, The Life and Campaigns of the Black Prince (London, 1979), p. 44) but according to H. de Wailly, Crécy 1346: Anatomy of a Battle (Poole, 1987), 51, 7274, there is no indication from aerial photographs of any such defence.

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