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The Hundred Years' War 1337–1453

(Osprey Essential Histories #19)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  12 reviews
There can be no doubt that military conflict between France and England dominated European history in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This war is of considerable interest both because of its duration and the number of theatres in which it was fought. In this book, Hundred Years’ War expert Dr Anne Curry reveals how the war can reveal much about the changing nature ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 13th 2002 by Osprey Publishing (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
Ben Callahan
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
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The Hundred Years’ War is a complex and confusing period of European history that has been studied over many centuries. Countless historians have attempted to tackle the subject while providing an insightful and original view of the events that collectively make up the Hundred Years’ War. Anne Curry is one such historian. Curry is a professor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton in England and a specialist in the period spanning the war. She has written numerous books that have ...more
Matthew Doyle
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are many reasons for Anne Curry being one of the leading names in medieval history, and this book is most certainly one of them. It puts out in excellent detail a lot of different aspects of the war, and does very well to usher the inexperienced into the world of the Hundred Years' War.

There are some parts of the books that are bit wordy, and I found myself more than once going back to the start of a sentence or paragraph to try to figure out what it meant, but that has less to do with
Filipe Amaral
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Anne Curry is an English expert on the Hundred Years War, and she brings her considerable knowledge in order to present a complex subject with insight and depth in a short volume. Unlike some of the other volumes in the Essential History series, this one represents a real research effort and not just a condensation of other sources, and is my favorite volume in the ESS series.

Curry gives an introduction to medieval war at the time and the political situation. She narrates the war and how it was
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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, ...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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
A very useful overview of the Hundred Years' War.
Kathleen O. Roehm
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 ...more

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