Hundred Years War : Trial by Battle Trial by Battle Vol 1, Paperback

Hundred Years War : Trial by Battle Trial by Battle Vol 1 Paperback

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'Compulsively readable' (History), this is the first volume in a series that details the long and violent endeavour of the English to dismember Europe's strongest state, a succession of wars that is one of the seminal chapters in European history.

Beginning with the funeral of Charles IV of France in 1328, it follows the Hundred Years War up to the surrender of Calais in 1347.

It traces the early humiliations and triumphs of Edward III: the campaigns of Sluys, Crecy and Calais, which first made his name as a war leader and the reputation of his subjects as the most brutally effective warriors of their time.

Trial by Battle is an account of the events of a pivotal period in both French and British history, from Wolfson History Prize-winning author and historian Jonathan Sumption. "A new and immensely impressive history of the war." (Daily Telegraph).


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672 pages, 38 b&w maps
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780571200955



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This is part 1 of a detailed history of the hundred years war. It is written with the general reader in mind, but is still packed with detail. The book starts with a powerhouse description of the funeral of Charles IV in Paris in February 1328 and hardly lets up until the seige of Calais in 1347. Descriptions of the battles and campaignes provide plenty of details and atmosphere and Sumption gives convincing analysis of their effects on the two Kingdoms. Sumption also provides fascinating details on raising armies, the financing of them and keeping them supplied. Much of which was of course essential to the relative success/failure of the campaigns. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in medieval history

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