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Hundred Years War Vol 4

Hundred Years War Vol 4

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ISBN
9780571274567
Published
07/07/2016
9780571274567
Format
Paperback
Price
£22.00
Paperback
928

About the Book

Cursed Kings tells the story of the destruction of France by the madness of its king and the greed and violence of his family. In the early fifteenth century, France had gone from being the strongest and most populous nation state of medieval Europe to suffering a complete internal collapse and a partial conquest by a foreign power. It had never happened before in the country's history - and it would not happen again until 1940.

Into the void left by this domestic catastrophe, strode one of the most remarkable rulers of the age, Henry V of England, the victor of Agincourt, who conquered much of northern France before dying at the age of thirty-six, just two months before he would have become King of France.

Following on from Divided Houses (winner of the Wolfson History Prize and shortlisted for the Hessel-Tiltman), Cursed Kings is the magisterial new chapter in 'one of the great historical works of our time' (Allan Massie).

Cursed Kings tells the story of the destruction of France by the madness of its king and the greed and violence of his family. In the early fifteenth century, France had gone from being the strongest and most populous nation state of medieval Europe to suffering a complete internal collapse and a partial conquest by a foreign power. It had never happened before in the country's history - and it would not happen again until 1940.Into the void left by this domestic catastrophe, strode one of the most remarkable rulers of the age, Henry V of England, the victor of Agincourt, who conquered much of northern France before dying at the age of thirty-six, just two months before he would have become King of France.Following on from Divided Houses (winner of the Wolfson History Prize and shortlisted for the Hessel-Tiltman), Cursed Kings is the magisterial new chapter in 'one of the great historical works of our time' (Allan Massie).
  • Jonathan Sumption

    Jonathan Sumption is a former History Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and a practising QC. He is the author of Pilgrimage and The Albigensian Crusade, as well as the first three volumes in his celebrated history of the Hundred Years War - Trial by Battle, Trial by Fire and Divided Houses. He was awarded the 2009 Wolfson History Prize for Divided Houses.

“Perfectly timed for the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, the fourth volume of Jonathan Sumption's epic narrative of the Hundred Years' War takes the story from Richard II's death in 1399 to Henry V's in 1422 ... In Sumption's superbly crafted, exhaustively researched, supremely intelligent narrative, we are provided with a long-awaited counterpoise to the endless round of lightweight popular histories and to the tenacious, if compellingly persuasive fictions of William Shakespeare ... Amid all of the twists and turns of war and diplomacy, Sumption's wonderfully measured prose is judiciously spiced by sharply observed, poignant and amusing snapshots ... we keenly await Sumption's fifth and concluding volume.”
- Literary Review
“An immense endeavour of the sort that far exceeds "magisterial" and threatens to leave "monumental" behind ... though the conflict between the Kings of England and France is the backbone of this book, it is far from the whole carcass. Marching in and (mostly) limping out are also the armies and populations of Scotland, Wales and Flanders. And, of course, with inexorable timing, Sumption's account of Henry V's 1415 campaign arrives to help us understand what we are commemorating this October with the 600th anniversary of Agincourt.”
- The Times

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