By Desmond Seward
For over 100 years England many times invaded France at the pretext that her kings had a correct to the French throne. France was once a wide, unwieldy nation, England used to be small and bad, yet for the main half she ruled the battle, sacking cities and castles and successful battles - together with such excellent victories as Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, yet then the English run of good fortune started to fail, and in 4 brief years she misplaced Normandy and at last her final stronghold in Guyenne. The protagonists of the Hundred yr struggle are one of the so much vibrant in eu background: for the English, Edward III, the Black Prince and Henry V, later immortalized by means of Shakespeare; for the French, the wonderful yet inept John II, who died a prisoner in London, Charles V, who very approximately overcame England and the enigmatic Charles VII, who did ultimately force the English out. Desmond Seward's account strains the alterations that ended in France's ultimate victory and brings to lifestyles all of the intrigue and color of the final chivalric combats as they gave strategy to a extra brutal sleek war
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