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The Hundred Years War (Osprey Essential Histories #19)

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Although the term "Hundred Years War" was not coined until the 1860s, the Anglo-French conflicts of the later Middle Ages have long been of interest to historians. This book, now fully revised to take account of recent scholarship, explores the trends in historical opinion from the time of the wars to the present day. It provides a straightforward narrative of English invo
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by St. Martin's Press (first published December 31st 1992)
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Anne Curry is a Professor of Medieval history at the University of Southampton, former editor of the Journal of Medieval History, and a specialist in the Hundred Years' War.
I read this book as a foundation for a course I am taking next month taught by Professor Curry entitled "Agincourt 1415: Myth and Reality." The Battle of Agincourt, in 1415, is one of the most famous battles in the history of warfare, and one of the most important and memorable English victories. It still captures the imagina
Apr 18, 2013 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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, Southamp ...more
Josh Liller
I read this for a bibliography essay for my Medieval England university class. It is a short book - 134 small pages. It reminded me of other short history books I've read that seem geared toward college students. There is a large historiography component and the rest of the book is very diplomatic/political-centric; Curry says in her introduction to file it under the topic of "International Relations". The size and narrow scope make for quick reading, but limited interest for me.
Declan Waters
Nov 25, 2016 Declan Waters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It is impossible to comprenhensively cover 116 years of war between two major nations over the course of 90 pages but Curry presents a well presented and thought out attempt. Providing a good overview of the years and ebbs and flows and providing a background of the conflict between England and France during the 14th and 15th Centuries.

This book provides an invaluable roadmap of some of the major areas to allow deeper reading and investigation into areas which look to hold further interest.
Paul Foley
Nov 07, 2015 Paul Foley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This outline of the Hundred Years War is part of the Essential Histories series, and it gives a fine overview of this complex and tragic conflict. It is clearly presented and readable, summarizing the major campaigns and battles. There are short chapters that give more detailed information about representative characters of the time, and the impact of the war on civilians.
Generally does a good job capturing the history and flow of this long conflict. My only gripe is that the cast of characters could occasionally use some clarification about who they are, given that the familial/royal relationships are often so important during this period.
A good introduction to this long, sprawling conflict, which is especially strong on the grand strategy of the war.
April Munday
Oct 12, 2016 April Munday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very useful overview of the Hundred Years' War.
Kathleen O. Roehm
Really disapointing. I was hoping this would be a good book for me to share with people not firmiliar with the period. Except for some good pictures it falls short.
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Anne Curry is Professor of Medieval History and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton, after teaching for many years at the University of Reading. She has published many books and articles on the Hundred Years War, as well as definitive works on Agincourt itself and an on-line database of all known soldiers between 1369 and 1453 ( ). An historica ...more
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