New Location for the Battle of Crécy discovered

Proposed site of the Battle of Crecy, showing the English and French approaches to the battlefield and the site of the English wagenburg and defensive ditch upon the site of the Herse, superimposed upon the modern topography. Image courtesy Michael Livingston

For over 250 years it has been believed that the Battle of Crécy, one of the most famous battles of the Middle Ages, was fought just north of the French town of Crécy-en-Ponthieu in Picardy. Now, a new book that contains the most intensive examination of sources about the battle to date, offers convincing evidence that the fourteenth-century battle instead took place 5.5 km to the south.

The English way of war, 1360-1399

Anointing of Pope Gregory XI. Battle of Pontvallin (1370). Bibliotheque Nationale MS Fr. 2643

This thesis challenges the orthodox view that the years 1360 to 1399 witnessed a period of martial decline for the English.

Making Identities in the Hundred Years War: Aquitaine, Gascony and Béarn

Jean Froissart and Espaing de Lyon on their way; Gaston Phébus receiving them

This paper focuses on three phases in which political issues played crucial roles to make Gascon identities in the time of the Hundred Years War.

Routier Perrinet Gressart: Joan of Arc’s Penultimate Enemy

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Even my English medievalist colleagues, however reluctantly, must admit that Joan of Arc played a significant role in the Hundred Years War.

Through Trial and Error: Learning and Adaptation in the English Tactical System from Bannockburn to Poitiers

Battle of poitiers

During the late thirteenth century and early fourteenth century, the English in medieval Europe fought in two wars: the Scottish Wars of Independence followed by the Hundred Years War.

The Hundred Years War and the Making of Modern Europe

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English and French nationalism were forged through centuries of bitter military rivalry that carved out a new European, and ultimately global, order.

The Rise of a Tax State: Portugal, 1367-1401

Pieter Brueghel the Younger - 'Paying the Tax' (The Tax Collector)'

This paper uses the case of fourteenth-century Portugal to question a common assumption of “fiscal history” literature, namely the linear relationship between war-related fiscal demands increase the level of taxation.

BOOK REVIEW: A Triple Knot by Emma Campion

A Triple Knot - Emma Campion

BOOK REVIEW: A Triple Knot by Emma Campion I had the pleasure of reading another Emma Campion (Candace Robb) novel recently. Campion, who has written extensively about Alice Perrers, the royal mistress of King Edward III, in her hit, The King’s Mistress, is back on the shelves with a new book released this month entitled: A Triple Knot. This […]

The Image of the City in Peace and War in a Burgundian manuscript of Jean Froissart’s Chronicles

Defeat of the Jacquerie 9 June 1358

The present essay, which complements a study scheduled for publication in 2000 in a volume arising from a colloquium on the theme Regions and Landscapes held in July 1997 at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, attempts to build on this work.

Edward III and the Hundred Years War

edward III - 19th century image - New York Public Library

The period historians call the Hundred Years War, stretching from 1337-1453, brought about a number of changes to England and France.

The Uses Made of History by the Kings of Medieval England


The kings of medieval England, besides using history for the entertainment of themselves and their courts, turned it to practical purposes. They plundered history-books for precedents and other evidences to justify their claims and acts. They also recognised its value as propaganda, to bolster up their positions at home and strengthen their hands abroad.

Great Medieval Fiction 2013!

Dangerous Women

For those of you who enjoy some fantasy or a historical novel – this list is for you!

How Shall a Man Be Armed? Evolution of Armor during the Hundred Years War

How Shall a Man Be Armed? Evolution of Armor during the Hundred Years War

Special presentation at the 2013 International Congress on Medieval Studies

The Battle of Agincourt: An Alternative Location?

french-prisoners - Battle of Agincourt

However, as is the case with many early historical battlefields, it has not been archaeologically confirmed where the site of the battle lies.

English Royal Minorities and the Hundred Years War

Detail of a miniature of Richard II giving the Duchy of Aquitaine to the Duke of Lancaster.

It has become commonplace in modern textbooks to base any brief account of the Hundred Years War on the contention that the chief cause was the dynastic dispute over the French throne between Edward III and Philip of Valois.

‘Kings were not wont to render account’ Henry IV and the Authority of the King

Henry IV in a 16th century portrait

Henry travelled extensively, became famed throughout Christendom as a champion jouster, crusaded in Eastern Europe, and looked after his father’s holdings whilst John of Gaunt campaigned in Spain.3 It is impossible not to note that Henry Bolingbroke’s popularity continued to increase while Richard II’s declined.

Great Battles Medieval released on iPad

great battles medieval ipad

If you are looking to re-fight the Hundred Years War on your iPad, the game Great Battles Medieval might be for you!

The Hundred Years War as a Siege War


Kelly DeVries aims to correct some misperceptions about the Hundred Years War, and argues that war between England and France, fought from 1337 to 1453, was mostly a war of sieges.

The Hundred Years Wars: Not One but Many

Hundred Years War

In fact, the Hundred Years War was not fought only during the period 1337-1453, the most commonly given dates, nor was it fought only by England and France.

Interpreting Warfare and Knighthood in Late Medieval France: Writers and Their Sources in the Reign of King Charles VI (1380-1422)

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Romances provided the basis of a particular kind of view of knighthood and warfare that was very influential on other literature concerning knights and warfare, as much as it was on real life practices and attitudes.

The Mind’s Eye: Reconstructing the Historian’s Semantic Matrix Through Henry Knighton’s Account of the Peasants’ Revolt, 1381

Peasant's Revolt 1381

The Mind’s Eye: Reconstructing the Historian’s Semantic Matrix Through Henry Knighton’s Account of the Peasants’ Revolt, 1381 Sarah Marilyn Steeves Keeshan Master of Arts, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia December (2011) Abstract The medieval historian engaged with the systems of power and authority that surrounded him. In his account of the Peasants’ Revolt in late medieval […]

Sir John Fortescue and the French Polemical Treatises of the Hundred Years War

Sir John Fortescue

Inevitably Fortescue had to adopt new arguments for the defence of Henry VI. To this end he asserted that the Lancastrians now had a just title through divine and ecclesiastical approbation, popular consent and prescription, but the core of his case was a direct response to the Yorkist claim that they had a superior hereditary title to the throne.

Ransoming prisoners of war became widespread in the Hundred Years War, new book finds

Prisoners of War in the Hundred Years War

‘There is widespread evidence to suggest that during the 15th century the practice of ransom is increasingly extended to commoners, not just kings or chivalrous knights.’

The English Soldier in the Campaign of Agincourt

Battle of Agincourt

The field between the English and French was open, devoid of hedges, thickets, valleys, ravines, or other obstacles, and had been chosen by the French themselves. For our purpose the country was like a table; rarely is a battlefield so simple and easy to describe.

The Scottish wars of Edward III, 1327-1338

Wars of Scottish Independence - 1332, Neville’s Cross

This thesis deals with the events of the Anglo-Scottish wars of the 1330s and the English military machine that allowed Edward III to win numerous successes against the Scots yet was unable to secure a permanent conquest of any portion of Scotland save Berwick-upon Tweed.

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