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The Hundred Years War Volume III, . Divided Houses (The Hundred Years War #3)

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It's almost as if the nine years that have passed since the publication ofTrial by Battle, the first volume of Jonathan Sumption's ongoing history of the Hundred Years War, never happened, so seamlessly does Trial By Firecontinue the narrative.

Trial by Fire documents the continuing relentless domination of France by Edward III from the fall of Calais in 1347 to his decisi

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Paperback, 700 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Faber & Faber (first published January 1st 2009)
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Simon Mcleish
Mar 19, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Originally published on my blog here in January 2012.

The third volume of Sumption's brilliant history of the Hundred Years War has finally appeared, almost twenty years after the first. It covers thirty years, 1369-1399, a period which saw a weariness from the war arising in both France and England, and neither side being wholly successful in their endeavours (France doing rather better in this respect, undoing many of the concessions which were made to Edward III following victories in the earl
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Kathryn
Feb 07, 2016 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absolutely astonishing book. The vast depth and scope of the narrative (the book weighs in at a hefty 1006 pages), the sheer number of primary sources consulted in several languages, the clarity of the writing, with an extremely complex story spanning half a continent told with the verve and excitement of a novel, a book of the greatest imaginable scholarship which wears that scholarship lightly and is highly accessible, all of this and much more makes this book history-telling at its ...more
Mark
Dec 04, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two themes define the third volume of Jonathan Sumption's history of the Hundred Years' War. The first is the shift in fortunes from the English to the French. After the successes enjoyed by English arms in the 1350s that culminated in the capture of the French king John II, the tide began to turn against them as a result of a number of factors. Paramount among them was the leadership of John's son Charles V, who after taking the throne in the aftermath of his father's death began repairing Fren ...more
Windsor
Dec 02, 2015 Windsor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish they honestly gave a 6 star option. That way, I would feel more comfortable not giving this book 5 stars, which it truly deserves. The only problem with the book (which isn't really a problem, but just a reason I couldn't give the book 5 stars) is the topic. The first 400 pages of this book are incredibly boring, but if it was written by any other author, I would have thrown it against the wall. The only reason I kept reading was the author did such an amazing job on Vol 1 and 2 that I co ...more
Nathan
Oct 11, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it
Intricately detailed narrative history of the Hundred Years War, phase 3 1369-1396, in which the French come back strong against an England riven by internal difficulties, other international distractions in Iberia and a chronic lack of money.

Exhaustive work by Sumption, who spits these out every decade of so. While he does seem to focus perhaps a little too much on the English side of the fence, the is presumably due to the more complete records available for the doings of Parliament and Court
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John
Dec 31, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far as I know (and my doctorate is in English medieval history specializing in the reign of Richard II) this is the only really thorough military history in English of the era in the Hundred Years War from Edward III's dotage to the deposition of Richard II. There is a fairly obvious reason that English-speaking scholars have neglected this period --it was a very low point in the war for the English, with the French under King Charles V and Bertrand du Gueclin regaining virtually everything t ...more
Greg
Sep 11, 2013 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Volume 3 of Sumption's massive history of the Hundred Years War between England and France. This volume covers the years 1369-99, when a resurgent France gradually whittled away most of the gains made in the war by England. Although these books sometimes seem as long as the actual war, they are well written and fascinating to read. Highly recommended for any student of English, French, Spanish or the later middle ages.
Paul
May 16, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Found following the fortunes of the freebooters was an effort of concentration. The print on the maps is smaller and harder to read than earlier volumes.
Taylor Kniphfer
Jan 06, 2012 Taylor Kniphfer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A fantastic account of a very forgotten period of The Hundred Years War
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The son of a barrister, Jonathan Philip Chadwick Sumption attended Eton then Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated with first-class honours in history in 1970. After being called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1975, he became a Queen's Council in 1986 and a Bencher in 1991. He is joint head of Brick Court Chambers and was appointed to the UK Supreme Court in 2011. He has written numerous boo ...more
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