Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Hundred Years War by Robin Neillands

The Hundred Years War by Robin Neillands is an excellent introductory history of this war that took place for 116 years between France and England. The book is excellent not only at describing the English victories at Agincourt, Crécy and Poitiers but also the French victories later in the war. Joan of Arc's involvement is dealt with in a refreshingly skeptical manner. The continuous grumbling that Shakespeare is an inaccurate tens to get tiresome rather quickly.

The occasional map complements the text. Unfortunately there are no footnotes or endnotes but there is a bibliography.

Highly recommended!

Is available through Abebooks.

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