Arms, Armies and Fortifications in the Hundred Years War by Anne Curry, Michael Hughes

By Anne Curry, Michael Hughes

The Hundred Years warfare embraced conflict in all features, from the grand set items of Crecy and Agincourt to the pillaged lands of the dispossessed inhabitants. What makes this booklet diverse from past experiences emphasising the nice battles is its use of much less typical proof, equivalent to administrative documents and panorama archaeology, to achieve a more true photo of the realities of medieval conflict. From a basic overview of conflict strategies, the publication turns to ascertain (at issues enlisting computing device research) a few matters: the composition of the English military, the administration of affairs in Aquitaine, the reaction in England at huge to the conflict and the ensuing propaganda and worry, and the influence of battle on neighborhood groups. shut learn of surviving artefacts - guns, fortifications - additionally permits real looking tests of army and naval reviews.

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In 1351, on 6 April, near Taillebourg in the Saintonge, Guy de Nesle, marshal of France, chose to dismount most of his men-at-arms, except for two groups which he kept mounted on either flank of his main battle (fig. 7). It should be said that he still lost, and was captured, Tout surmising that the mounted flanks were still no 25 See J. Sumption, Trial by Battle, p. 288, for accusations of 'reynarderie' made by young nobles against Philip VI in 1339. , pp. 528, on Philip VI's dispositions. , pp.

Charles of Blois, the French candidate, led a much larger force (perhaps 3,000 men-at-arms and 1,500 Genoese mercenaries) against him. Northampton fell back to a defensive position a few miles north. He had a wood at his back, into which he put his baggage and horses, and a stream on one flank, adding a concealed ditch to his front. Charles attacked in three 'battles', one after the other. First came native Bretons, on foot and probably quite lightly armoured. They were shot down and hurled back onto the men-at-arms.

Both have been using computer assistance to deal with the vast quantities of administrative records, facilitating the elucidation of individual careers, such as Ayton's study of Sir Nicholas de Goushill, and Curry's of Sir John Cressy and his men-at-arms, as well as a more reliable calculation of army sizes and composition. Malcolm Vale adopts a regional approach, examining the war in Aquitaine, that part of France where English kings had ruled as dukes since the later twelfth century and where Anglo-French conflict long predated the Hundred Years War proper.

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