Conquest : the English kingdom of France, 1417-1450 by Juliet Barker

By Juliet Barker

For thirty dramatic years, England governed a good swath of France on the element of the sword—an all-but-forgotten episode within the Hundred Years’ battle that Juliet Barker brings to shiny lifestyles in Conquest.

Following Agincourt, Henry V’s moment invasion of France in 1417 introduced a crusade that will position the crown of France on an English head. Buoyed through conquest, the English military appeared invincible. by the point of Henry’s untimely loss of life in 1422, the majority of northern France lay in his fingers and the Valois inheritor to the throne have been disinherited. purely the looks of a visionary peasant woman who claimed divine assistance, Joan of Arc, was once in a position to halt the English enhance, yet no longer for lengthy. simply six months after her loss of life, Henry’s younger son used to be topped in Paris because the first—and last—English king of France.

Henry VI’s nation continued for two decades, but if he got here of age he was once no longer the chief his father have been. The dauphin whom Joan had topped Charles VII could ultimately force the English out of France. Barker recounts those stirring events—the epic battles and sieges, plots and betrayals—through a kaleidoscope of characters from John Talbot, the “English Achilles,” and John, duke of Bedford, regent of France, to brutal mercenaries, opportunistic freebooters, innovative spies, and enthusiasts torn aside via the clash.

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The first is that it will introduce this extraordinary period of history to a much wider audience: the many remarkable people at every level of society and on both sides of the conflict whose lives were shaped by the dramatic events of their times deserve to be remembered. The second is that it will provide the cogent and reliable chronological narrative which is so difficult to achieve in the face of conflicting contemporary sources but which is so badly needed by anyone with an interest in the Hundred Years War.

Sucking the breast of its dead mother’. Henry remained inexorable. 18 Summer turned to autumn and then winter but still the English army maintained its relentless and vice-like grip on the city: nothing and no one were allowed to leave or enter. Every attempt to make a sortie was driven back with heavy losses and a regular bombardment kept up the pressure on the unfortunate besieged. The citizens’ increasingly desperate pleas for aid to both Armagnacs and Burgundians went unanswered. At the end of November the duke of Burgundy was eventually pressured into gathering an army and marched as far as Pontoise, where he lingered for five weeks, but he dared not risk another Agincourt and, fearing the Armagnacs might seize Paris in his absence, he retreated without making any attempt to engage the English in military action.

The first brought news from the garrison’s captain that the town would surrender unless relieved before 20 July; the second, a herald from Henry V, sought to know if the duke would respect his truces with the English. 15 Nevertheless, Pont-de-l’Arche was not relieved and nine days after it surrendered the English army appeared before Rouen. The next stage in Henry’s master plan for the conquest of Normandy had begun. Well aware that if Rouen fell, upper Normandy would surely follow, the citizens had done all they could to protect themselves and their city.

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