The Hundred Years War, Volume 4: Cursed Kings

The Hundred Years War, Volume 4: Cursed Kings

by Jonathan Sumption


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Jonathan Sumption's Cursed Kings is the eagerly anticipated fourth volume in what Allan Massie has called "one of the great historical works of our time."

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, Europe's strongest and most populous state, suffered a complete internal collapse. As the warring parties within fought for the spoils of the kingdom under the vacant gaze of the mad King Charles VI, the country was left at the mercy of one of the most remarkable rulers of the European Middle Ages: Henry V of England, who had destroyed the French army on the field of Agincourt in October 1415 and left most of France's leadership dead.

Sumption recounts in extraordinary detail the relentless campaign of conquest that brought Henry to the streets and palaces of Paris within just a few years. He died at the age of thirty-six in a French royal castle in 1422, just two months before he would have become king of France.

Six centuries later, these extraordinary events are overlaid by the resounding words of Shakespeare and the potent national myths of England and France. In Cursed Kings , Jonathan Sumption strips away the layers to rediscover the personalities and events that lie beneath.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812223880
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press - University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: The Middle Ages Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 928
Sales rank: 326,246
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Sumption is a former history fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and the author of The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle, The Hundred Years War, Volume 2: Trial by Fire, and The Hundred Years War, Volume 3: Divided Houses, all available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Plans and Tables ix

Preface xi

I Paris 1400: A Time of Fortune 1

II Divided Island: England, 1399-1402 43

III The Pirate War, 1402-1404 89

IV The Duke of Orléans, 1404-1405 130

V Gascony and Wales, 1405-1407 184

VI In the Rue Vieille du Temple: The Road to Civil War, 1407-1411 234

VII Unwelcome Friends: The English in France, 1411-1413 278

VIII The Cabochians: Revolution in Paris, 1413 332

IX Henry V, 1413-1414 366

X 'With trety ye lose…': Towards the Breach, 1414-1415 401

XI Harfleur and Agincourt, 1415 431

XII The Count of Armagnac, 1415-1417 468

XIII The Conquest of Normandy, 1417-1418 530

XIV The Siege of Rouen, 1418-1419 580

XV On the Bridge of Montereau, 1419-1420 615

XVI The Treaty of Troyes, 1419-1420 655

XVII Melun and Paris: Disaster at Baugé, 1420-1421 701

XVIII The Siege of Meaux: The Death of Princes, 1421-1422 735

Abbreviations 780

References 781

Bibliography 842

Index 882

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