John Talbot and the War in France 1427-1453, Paperback

John Talbot and the War in France 1427-1453 Paperback

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John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury was the last of the celebrated English commanders of the Hundred Years' War.

In his lifetime his reputation for audacity and courage gave him an unrivalled fame among the English, and he was feared and admired by the French.

A.J. Pollard, in this pioneering and perceptive account, reconstructs the long career of this extraordinary soldier and offers a fascinating insight into warfare in the late medieval period.

Talbot was the last representative of generations of brave, brutal warriors whose appetite for glory and personal gain had sustained English policy in France since the time of Edward III.

His defeat and death at the Battle of Castillon on 17 July 1453 marked the end of the wars.

It was also the final act in a heroic but savage tradition.




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I will start out by saying that I had such high hopes for this book. John Talbot is one of the most intriguing characters of the Hundred Years War (in my humble opinion) and very little in the way of biography formatted books about Talbot are out there. When I came across this one I was very excited and believed I'd found something that would reveal a lot more about him and some of exploits. I was let down.This book, like so many others to recently hit the market with the Hundred Years War as the subject, would be a great book to reference if you were WRITING a book about the war. It is very tedious, dry, and dare I say, BORING, book to read. If you just scan a page in a book and notice a huge amount of dates sandwich between the words, you can just about bet that this page will be no fun. I understand that part of history study is about specific dates, but the greater part of that study is about WHAT HAPPENED on those dates. Many of you will understand what I'm talking about. Dates, names, and places are repeated over, and over, and over again. The book is not even in chronological order! So you cover the same dates, places, and names over, and over, and over. The worst thing about this book is that is lends no new insight into Talbot's life that I already had not gleaned from [The Crecy War]. I am saddened to say that this book is a huge dissapointment.