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The Hundred Years War: England and France at War, c.1300-c.1450 (Cambridge Medieval Textbooks)

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A comparative study of how the societies of late medieval England and France reacted to the long period of conflict between them from political, military, social and economic perspectives.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published February 4th 1988 by Cambridge University Press (first published December 12th 1987)
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This is a helpful book, but not terribly exciting. Christopher Allmand does a nice job outlining the main events in the Hundred Years War and the general forces, ideas, and events that led up to it. The first 40 or so pages, in that sense, are clear and approachable, if not terribly detailed (poor Joan of Arc gets about two sentences).

The main goal of the book, though, is to look at the impact of the war on England and France. Its success here is a bit more mixed, mostly because it covers such
Josh Liller
I skim-read this for a paper for a Medieval England university class. It's a very broad study of the war and all aspects of it: military, political, social. It had a textbook dryness to it that left me no desire to read it more closely.

Compared to the other books I've been reading on the Hundred Years War, this book's main advantage is looking at the war from both the English and French perspectives. All the other books on the subject I've come across so far seem to be very focused on the Englis
Jun 07, 2012 Allison rated it liked it
I used this as a textbook for a class about the Hundred Years' War. It was easy to read and had lots of comprehensive information, I would recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
Good introduction to the generalities of the war, but fails to live up to its promise on comparing the societies of France and England as affected by it. If by "society" one means the war machine, military science, legal institutions and representative assemblies of the respective countries, then sure. But if by "society" one means the people who actually lived and fought and died there -- then no. For a book that purports to be a history of warfare and its impact on society, this one is almost ...more
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Christopher Thomas Allmand is an English medieval historian, with a special focus on the Late Middle Ages in England and France, and the Hundred Years' War. He was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Liverpool until his retirement in 1998, and is now Honorary Senior Fellow at the university.
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