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Edward Longshanks' Forgotten Conflict

The Anglo-French War 1294-1303

«'Pilling writes well in a clear style that makes it easy for the reader to understand his arguments, whilst simultaneously absorbing his detailed narrative account of events. Academics will also find this book very useful since it fills a gap in the historiography, is heavily referenced, and the appendices contains transcripts of several primary sources. The result is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in this tempestuous period of medieval European history.'»

Aspects of History, February/ April 2024

The Anglo-French war of 1294-1303 has not been the subject of a major study since the early 1900s. Recent histories tend to treat it as a sideshow compared to Edward I’s wars in Wales and Scotland, which gives a false impression. Les mer

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The Anglo-French war of 1294-1303 has not been the subject of a major study since the early 1900s. Recent histories tend to treat it as a sideshow compared to Edward I’s wars in Wales and Scotland, which gives a false impression. In reality the Welsh and Scottish campaigns were distractions, and Edward regarded the war against France as his main focus. The main issue at stake was the defence and recovery of Aquitaine, the last substantial piece of the so-called ‘Angevin empire’. To that end Edward spent enormous sums of money on recruiting allies in the Low Countries and the Holy Roman Empire. Edward’s rival, Philip IV, also recruited allies to counter Edward, until the conflict engulfed much of Western Europe.

The result was a series of military stalemates, demonstrating that neither England nor France could achieve outright victory in a head-to-head conflict. There were plenty of bloody incidents and much hard fighting: the hanging of Gascon prisoners from the walls of Rions in 1295, for instance, or the epic thirteen-week siege of Saint Sever.

David Pilling places the war in its proper context and argues it was a vital step on the road to the more famous conflict we remember as the Hundred Years War.

Detaljer

Forlag
Amberley Publishing
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781398113510
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
23 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

David Pilling is a full-time author and historian based in West Wales, where he was raised on a smallholding. As a child he acquired a love for the Welsh countryside and Welsh history, especially the medieval era. He has written a successful series of novels set in the Middle Ages. His particular interests lie in the Edwardian wars of the late 13th century. He is the author of ‘Rebellion Against Henry II’ and ‘Edward I and Wales, 1254-1307’.

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«'Pilling writes well in a clear style that makes it easy for the reader to understand his arguments, whilst simultaneously absorbing his detailed narrative account of events. Academics will also find this book very useful since it fills a gap in the historiography, is heavily referenced, and the appendices contains transcripts of several primary sources. The result is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in this tempestuous period of medieval European history.'»

Aspects of History, February/ April 2024

«'This is an intriguing account, well-researched and in a very readable style. Nicely done.'»

Miniature Warfare Magazine, May 2024

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