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5AAH1057 The Hundred Years War

Credit value: 15
Module convenor/tutor 2018/19: Dr Alex Sapoznik
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour seminar (weekly)
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 2 x essay of 2,500 words (50% each)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

The Hundred Years War was perhaps the most complex and important series of military and political conflicts of the later middle ages. Stemming from long-running tensions between England and France, the war began in 1337 over disputed homage between Edward III of England and Philip VI of France, and eventually came to involve a diverse series of kings (good, bad and mad), queens, nobles, knights and mercenaries from across Europe. This module examines the political, dynastic, cultural and economic ties which led medieval Europe to become enmeshed in over a century of warfare, and the far-reaching effects of the conflict on the development of national identities, government and the act of war itself.

Provisional Teaching Plan

  1. The origins of war
  2. The war, 1337-1399
  3. The war, 1400-1453
  4. Chivalry
  5. Technology of war
  6. Diplomacy
  7. Financing the war
  8. Henry V
  9. Joan of Arc
  10. War and national identity

Suggested introductory reading

This is suggested reading and purchase of these texts is not mandatory.

C. Allmand, The Hundred Years War. England and France at War, c.1300-c.1450, (Rev. edn. Cambridge, 2001)

C. Allmand, ed. Society at War: The Experience of England and France During the Hundred Years War, (Woodbridge, 2000)

A. Curry, The Hundred Years War (2nd edn., London, 1993)

Froissart: Chronicles, ed. Geoffrey Brereton (Harmondsworth, 1976)

C. Taylor, Chivalry and the Ideals of Knighthood in France During the Hundred Years War (Cambridge, 2013)

C. Rogers, ed. The Wars of Edward III: Sources and Interpretations (Woodbridge, 1999)

J. Sumption, The Hundred Years War. Trial by Battle (London, 1990)

M.G.A. Vale, The Origins of the Hundred Years War. The Angevin Legacy 1250-1340 (Oxford, 1996)

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