The Hundred Years War embraced warfare in all aspects, from the grand set pieces of Crecy and Agincourt to the pillaged lands of the dispossessed population. What makes this book different from previous studies emphasising the great battles is its use of less familiar evidence, such as administrative records and landscape archaeology, to gain a truer picture of the realities of medieval warfare. From a general review of battle tactics, the book turns to examine (at points enlisting computer analysis) a number of issues: the composition of the English army, the management of affairs in Aquitaine, the response in England at large to the war and the consequent propaganda and hardship, and the impact of warfare on local communities. Close study of surviving artefacts - weapons, fortifications - also allows realistic assessments of military and naval experiences. Contributors: ANDREW AYTON, MATTHEW BENNETT, ANNE CURRY, IAN FRIEL, ROBERT HARDY, MICHAEL HUGHES, MICHAEL JONES, BRIAN KEMP, JOHN KENYON, MARK ORMROD, ROBERT SMITH, MALCOLM VALE.
The development of battle tactics in thbe Hundred Years War, Matthew Bennett; English armies in the 14th century, Andrew Ayton; English armies in the 15th century, Anne Curry; the war in Aquitaine, Malcolm Vale; the domestic response to the Hundred Years War, Mark Ormrod; war and 14th-century France, Michael C.E. Jones; 14th-century French raids on Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Michael Hughes; coastal artillery fortification in England in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, John Kenyon; the development of artillery to 1500, Robert D. Smith; the longbow, Robert Hardy; winds of change? ships and the Hundred Years War, Ian Friell; English church monuments during the Hundred Years War, Brian Kemp.
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