Episode 5: The Hundred Years War

The Battle of Crecy was one of France’s first military disasters during the Hundred Years War. The Battle saw wave after wave of French Knight charge uphill at a fortified English position while English Longbowmen fired at them.

The Hundred Years war did not arise from a vacuum. The 12th and 13th centuries had seen near constant conflict between the English and French Crowns. As both kingdoms began to grow stronger and richer the wars between the two would also grow in intensity. In 1337 tensions boiled over yet again and war was declared. Brutal raids devastated the French countryside, disastrous battles loomed destroyed armies, and the Plague brought death even to regions untouched by violence. The 14th Century saw France hit by catastrophe and calamity, but as France was on the decline, Valois Burgundy was about to get started.

Time Period Covered: 1152-1356

Notable People: King Philip II, Henry Plantagenet, Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Philip VI, King John the Good, King Edward III, Charles the Bad, The Black Prince

Notable Events/Developments: Angevin Empire, Battle of Bouvines, The Hundred Years War, Battle of Sluis, Battle of Crecy, The Black Death

The Angevin Empire at its height. The lands of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine dwarfed those held by the Kings of France.


The Hundred Years War: Trial by Battle by Jonathan Sumption

The Hundred Years War: Trial by Fire by Jonathan Sumption

The Hundred Years War by Robert Neillands

Medieval Flanders by David Nicholas

The Golden Age of Burgundy by Joseph Calmette

The Black Prince and the Capture of a King by Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel

Chronicles by Jean Froissart

The Burgundians by Bart Van Loo

Lotharingia by Simon Winder


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