French Armies of the Hundred Years War, Paperback Book

French Armies of the Hundred Years War Paperback

Illustrated by Angus McBride

Part of the Men-at-Arms series

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The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries were a time of great upheaval for medieval France.

In 1328 the Capetian line came to an end. This was the trigger for the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) as successive English kings attempted to uphold their claim to the French throne.

Catastrophic defeats at Crecy and Poitiers shook the French kingdom to its core.

A period of respite followed under Bertrand du Guesclin, but an even more devastating assault was to follow, under the warrior-king par excellence Henry V, and the French disintegration continued until 1429.

This book details how the French began a recovery, partly triggered by the young visionary Joan of Arc, that would end with them as the major European military power.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, colour and b&w illustrations, b&w photographs
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781855327108



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French Armies of the Hundred Years War covers 1337-1453 and not 1328-1429 as in the title. Copiously illustrated like other Ospreys, this MAA book has too much information crammed into 48 pages. Osprey could have done better service had it published this subject in two or three parts covering the early to late periods. In contrast to the detailed coverage of the Burgundian Ordonnance in Nicholas Michael's Armies of Medieval Burgundy: 1364-1477, the French Compagnies d'Ordonnances are only given a single paragraph. Complaints aside, this book is an informative introduction to the French armies of the Hundred Years' War.