The Hundred Years’ War

The Hundred Years’ War 1337–1453
by Anne Curry

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Curry does well in sketching out the events of the war in brief, but it is told in a rather dry fashion. More background on medieval warfare would have helped. The most useful part of the book was the explanation of how the war affected civilians, who were purposely targeted by both sides. They were often the target of cavalry raids or of routiers, unemployed soldiers who supported themselves by pillage. I also learned that French troops raided southern England quite a bit: for example, Southampton was devastated by a raid in 1338 that occurred during Mass (interesting tidbit: the soldiers took the town seal and over 95% of the wine). These raids and high taxes levied by the monarchies contributed to uprisings during the war.

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