A Great and Glorious Adventure: A History of the Hundred by Gordon Corrigan

By Gordon Corrigan

The glory and tragedy of the Hundred Years struggle is printed in a brand new ancient narrative, bringing Henry V, the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc to clean and shiny life

In this appealing new historical past of a clash that raged for over a century, Gordon Corrigan unearths the horrors of conflict and the machinations of strength that experience formed a millennium of Anglo-French relations.

The Hundred Years battle used to be fought among 1337 and 1453 over English claims to either the throne of France by means of correct of inheritance and big components of the rustic that have been at one time Norman or, later, English. The battling ebbed and flowed, yet regardless of their stronger strategies and nice victories at Crécy, Poitiers, and Agincourt, the English might by no means wish to safe their claims in perpetuity: France used to be wealthier and much extra populous, and whereas the English gained the battles, they can now not desire to carry perpetually the lands they conquered.

Military historian Gordon Corrigan's gripping narrative of those epochal occasions in combative and refreshingly alive, and the nice battles and personalities of the interval - Edward III, The Black Prince, Henry V, and Joan of Arc between them - obtain the entire cognizance and reassessment they deserve.

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00 per year. A modern lieutenant earns £30,000, giving an inflation factor of 329. 7 times that of a private. A possibly more helpful comparison could be taken from the tax rolls of 1436, where the tax was levied on all with an income of more than £20 per annum. 2 If we translate that into chief executive of a FTSE 100 company, senior fund manager, upper-middle-class professional and white-collar worker, then we might arrive at an inflation factor of 1,000. Farther down the scale, a ploughman, say, might earn £4 per year in 1436, but this figure is skewed by the effects of the Black Death, which enabled those skilled labourers who survived to put a much higher price on their services (before 1348, he might only have earned an eighth of that).

At this point, Edward attempted to extend his influence into Scotland as he had in Wales, and his overturning of decisions of the Scottish courts and attempts to enforce feudal military service from Scottish nobles, which Balliol did little to resist, led to a council of Scottish lords taking over the government from Balliol in 1295 and making a treaty of friendship with Philip IV of France. This could never be acceptable to England, with the threat of war on two fronts, and in a lightning and exceedingly brutal campaign in 1296 Edward destroyed the Scottish armies and accepted the unconditional surrender of the Scottish leaders including Balliol.

A possibly more helpful comparison could be taken from the tax rolls of 1436, where the tax was levied on all with an income of more than £20 per annum. 2 If we translate that into chief executive of a FTSE 100 company, senior fund manager, upper-middle-class professional and white-collar worker, then we might arrive at an inflation factor of 1,000. Farther down the scale, a ploughman, say, might earn £4 per year in 1436, but this figure is skewed by the effects of the Black Death, which enabled those skilled labourers who survived to put a much higher price on their services (before 1348, he might only have earned an eighth of that).

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