The Hundred Years War: the English in France 1337-1453

  • England, 1978 (Constable): 1979 (History Book Club): 1983, 1988, 1993 (Constable paperback: 1996 (Constable, illustrated, abridged edition): 2003 Robinson paperback)
  • USA, 1979 (Atheneum), 1980 (History Book Club of Anerica): 1982 (Atheneum paperback): 1999 (Penguin USA paperback): 1999 (Books on Tape)
  • Translations: Korean 2015 (Mizibooks)
  • 2016, Chinese, Gingko (Beijing) Book Co, 2016


For over a hundred years England repeatedly invaded France on the pretext that her kings had a right to the French throne. France was a large, unwieldy kingdom, England small and poor, but for the most part she dominated the war, sacking towns and castles, winning battles, including such glorious victories as Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt. France was devastated by crop burning, raiding, looting and murder. Ordinary soldiers made fortunes from ransom and plunder. Great houses were built with the spoils, some of which still adorn England today. The author argues that the ‘uneasy relationship’ between French and English may well have its origin in the Hundred Years War.

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Reviews of: The Hundred Years War: the English in France 1337-1453

  • A well written narrative, beautifully illustrated, and which takes into account most recent research. It is also a good read.

    Richard Cobb, The New Statesman
  • Mr Seward shows us all the famous sights of those roaring times …and illuminates them with an easy scholarship, a nice sense of detail … and a most agreeable clarity of style.

    The New Yorker