[KINDLE] ↠ Trial by Battle: The Hundred Years War, Volume 1 | by ☆ Jonathan Sumption

Trial by Battle: The Hundred Years War, Volume 1 By Jonathan Sumption,

  • Title: Trial by Battle: The Hundred Years War, Volume 1
  • Author: Jonathan Sumption
  • ISBN: 9780812216554
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • A succession of catastrophes in the middle years of the fourteenth century brought France to the brink of destruction The bankruptcy of the French state and a bitter civil war within the royal family were followed by the defeat and capture of the King of France by the Black Prince at Poitiers A peasant revolt and a violent revolution in Paris completed the tragedy In aA succession of catastrophes in the middle years of the fourteenth century brought France to the brink of destruction The bankruptcy of the French state and a bitter civil war within the royal family were followed by the defeat and capture of the King of France by the Black Prince at Poitiers A peasant revolt and a violent revolution in Paris completed the tragedy In a humiliating treaty of partition France ceded than a third of its territory to Edward III of England Not for sixty years would the English again come so close to total victory France s great cities, provincial towns and rural communities resisted where its leaders failed They withstood the sustained savagery of the soldiers and the free companies of brigands to undo most of Edward III s work in the following generation England s triumphs proved to be brittle and short lived.
    Trial by Battle The Hundred Years War Volume A succession of catastrophes in the middle years of the fourteenth century brought France to the brink of destruction The bankruptcy of the French state and a bitter civil war within the royal family

    One thought on “Trial by Battle: The Hundred Years War, Volume 1”

    1. Easily the best history of the 100 Year s War I ve ever read I studied this in university and wrote a thesis on it and yet this secondary source has taught me again and again aspect of the war and the surrounding politics that either I misunderstood or never understood Clear, well written and never over simplified Superb.

    2. Originally published on my blog here in May 2001.In England, the Hundred Years War is chiefly remembered for the victories of Crecy and particularly Agincourt There was a great deal to the war or, properly speaking, series of wars and it had important consequences for the development of both the French and English states, and on the conception of these states by their inhabitants as immortalised by Shakespeare, Agincourt was still used in Second World War propaganda.Sumption s history of the w [...]

    3. The Hundred Years War is a conflict that stands out by virtue of its length and yet in one sense, it is about only one part of the longstanding struggle between England and France during the Middle Ages From the moment William the Bastard of Normandy defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings and became William I of England, England and France were intertwined by the complex ties of feudalism, with the ruler of England also a vassal of the French monarch As the power of the French crown [...]

    4. I was weaned on Edward perroys brief yet nearly unrivaled history of the hundred years war that book is some couple hundred pages,covering the entirety of the war while volume 1 and 2 alone are 586 each not counting maps, etc volume e is nearly a third longer however, Mr Sumptions efforts are needed as this is the most thorough narrative history of the war available much of this first volume is spent on the growing tensions between the two kings and Edward III s attempted to, unsuccessfully buil [...]

    5. An excellent introduction to the first years of the Hundred Years War, and the opening volume in Sumption s quartet about the era about wars ranging from the edge of the Pyrenees to central Scotland Well researched, well written, often dryly funny, with a keen eye for personalities and places Jonathan Sumption is a law lord, a justice of Britain s new Supreme Court, and his account of the legal intricacies of medieval warfare and the rites of feudalism and vassalage is clear, elegant, and intrig [...]

    6. A very dense but readable book about a time I thought I knew quite a lot about Learned where the war actually started, the huge financial setback even the victors were experiencing, plus the sheer volume of countries involved in a war that was usually said to be between 3 or 4 people s I cannot wait for volume 2, 3, 4, and 5

    7. I don t think there can be much to add to reviews of this book It is pretty much a step by step of the long and aggravated war that Edward III incited chasing the crown of France, and though extraordinarily in depth, is one of the easiest reads on the subject you ll likely find that is factual Sumption does a great job of keeping on topic as well, which means anyone looking to books for a wider understanding of medieval society will unlikely find it, which to me is a bonus Many books can waver [...]

    8. A fascinating insight into the exercise and limitations of power Traditionally we think that the further back in history the that monarchs ruled as they pleased However, the monarchs of England and France had significant limitations to their power Neither had the means of raising money without the assent of nobles This then conferred power to the nobles as monarchs were reliant on them for money as well as manpower The blatant non compliance by nobles is surprising which says a lot about the in [...]

    9. A labor of love, this is one of the best told histories that I ve ever encountered The first in a series of 4 books so far, produced at roughly 9 year intervals, by an amateur medieval scholar who is a well known lawyer.This is a terrific read about a period which I knew almost nothing about.I ll definitely be back of the sequels.

    10. Though a long and at times wearying slog, this book is not an unpleasant one Sumption s writing style is crisp and clear highly readable The details it contains of the early years of the Hundred years War are, well, not It s no fault of the author that the convolutions of the historical and economic and social conditions of the soon to be warring nations are so intricate and dull, but they are vital to understanding the reasons why the war goes the way it does, particularly the economic details, [...]

    11. As dry history books go, I was able to wind my way through not only Volume I but Volume II as well I learned about coinage during this time period than I thought I ever wanted to know However, money makes the wars go round Understanding how it was manipulated to fund the wars is essential to understanding who won and who lost I was first steered toward these volumes after reading Bernard Cornwell s Agincout and Crecy novels I was pleasantly surprised although I had to read them accompanied by a [...]

    12. Jonathan Sumption s first volume of The Hundred Year Wars, Trial by Battle, is a scholarly masterpiece It s a formidable accomplishment that someone who has as demanding a profession as Sumption he s a Royal Judge is able to devote such enormous time, effort, and energy into compiling a history of something as vast as this particular subject matter Further, his close use of primary and secondary sources is also impressive, most likely aided by the fact that he speaks multiple languages Regardles [...]

    13. Fabulous narrative history of the origins and first decade of the Hundred Years War Summation s style is very readable and at times downright exciting This was a surprise to me considering the detail he includes which had to be derived from what must be very dry ancient documents and the fact that he largely ignores the chroniclers Probably most amazing to me was that Sumption accomplishes this while primarily focusing on the politics, diplomacy, and economics of the war Clearly the problems bot [...]

    14. This is not a book for those who want a short introduction to the HYW or for those who don t have a background on the subject or, at least, medieval Western Europe And that is a good thing I would not recommend this book as narrative history, but it is a solid, detailed, complete to a fault reference book Do you want to know what happened, when and where Do you need to check facts about the war Do you need to find which sources are useful for an specific event This is your book And in a time whe [...]

    15. The first volume of a magisterial history of the Hundred Years War, covering not just military history but the constitutional, social, political and economic context, with much attention to the interactions of key individuals It is long but very readable What came over strongly to me were the difficulties rulers of the period had finding finance the limits to their ability to cajole local lords and communities to do what they wanted the lack of key information for decision making when communicat [...]

    16. The definitive book on the subject If you study The Hundred Years War in any capacity you should read this book I, and many other people, use it as a reference work to help me write novels based in this period but I should think it s equally valuable to historians or just the interested, casual reader.

    17. Stuffed full of the beginning of the Hundred Years War written from a remarkably unbiased viewpoint Very detailed but having read Ian Mortimer s The Perfect King up to the end of the years that this book covers, there are errors that Mortimer points out and corrects However, is an excellent source book for the time, but not a biography of the protagonists.

    18. This was a great read and the reason I have since read the other ones in this series Not only is this series well written and a passionate account of the war, it is well researched and gives the reader a sense of the author s intimacy with the source materials.

    19. A scholarly and well written work on the politics and warfare of the fourteenth century Academics into the period will have this on the shelf Tourists like me will cherry pick the excellent accounts of Crecy and the siege of Calais.

    20. I bought this many years ago, and absorbed it in a few days A marvellous piece of research, superbly described and beautifully written A very good book that I use regularly when writing my stories Highly recommended.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *