The Hundred Years War: A Wider Focus (History of Warfare, by Andrew Villalon, Donald Kagay

By Andrew Villalon, Donald Kagay

This quantity, the 1st of a two-volume set, is the paintings of fourteen ecu and American students and makes a speciality of the broader features of the Hundred Years. those essays variety a long way afield from the conventional heartlands of Hundred Years warfare reports to enquire the impression of the clash on Italy, the Low nations, and Spain and on such issues as city background, and the actualities of weapon use at the battlefield. a few of the essays during this assortment search to reconsider outdated yet thorny questions lengthy linked to the clash, together with the genuine quick influence of gunpowder know-how on siege conflict through the fourteenth century and the "purposeful" technique of Henry V in staging and bringing concerning the conflict of Agincourt in 1415.

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The next three articles explore in greater detail aspects of the Iberian struggle that in 1366 became inexorably intertwined with the Hundred Years War. In “The Southern Valencia Frontier during the War of the Two Pedro’s,” Maria Teresa Ferrer i Mallol examines how that conflict unfolded in one of its major theaters, the border region separating the kingdom of Valencia, southernmost of the realms that composed the Crown of Aragon, and the neighboring Castilian province of Murcia. In this region, that saw much of the war’s heaviest fighting, military activity took the form of a long series of sieges and raids, devoid of any set-piece battles.

The Long Hiatus (1380–1415) A critical turning point came in 1380 when the principal architects of French victory, Charles V and DuGuesclin, died within a few months of one another. Their removal from the scene robbed the French campaign of reconquest of its impetus and set the stage for introduction xxxvii a long hiatus in the war. 29 Throughout this long hiatus, the attention of both countries turned inward. During the 1380s, France and England experienced severe social unrest, traceable in large part to the hardships resulting from decades of warfare.

It has done little to encourage, promote, or support research conducted by members of the two-year faculties operating under its aegis. There are, of course, exceptions: I must thank the tireless workers at the University of Cincinnati Libraries, in particular the reference department, archives, and interlibrary loan and photo duplication services; the University of Cincinnati Research Council that in 1991 and again in 1997 supplied small summer grants to underwrite work in Spain; and the Department of Romance Languages and Literature, that let me come in from the cold.

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