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The Fall of English France 1449-53 (Campaign) Paperback – February 21, 2012
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I found the illustrations to be pretty good but I found the maps to be very cluttered. A good example will be on page 36-37 when the map of Battle of Formigny is shown. Crease not with standing, the map is cluttered with 30 event markers with host of red and blue movements and troop positions. To followed the events of the battle needless to say, create some confusing moments. I only took a star from these maps since I was able to traced the movements and the flow and ebbs. I am an experience reader but these Osprey books are kind of gear toward the new readers and these maps will confused them all.
But overall, I thought this was a pretty good effort in explaining how the Hundred Years War ended and how medieval warfare was slowly sliding into the modern warfare mode as weapons of gunpowder began to take more dominate role. The book also show how the English longbow slowly fell from importance as the major destructive weapon.Read more ›
The introductory sections are a bit brief - no section on opposing plans - but provide good background. The author highlights French efforts to reform and professionalize their army after decades of defeat, while English military resources were severely constrained by financial limitations. The French emphasis on standardizing and improving their artillery also paid dividends in the campaign. On the other hand, the author notes that the English armies devoted their resources toward fortifying their possessions, but fell behind in terms of tactics and technology. The campaign narrative is divided into two main sections: the fall (or liberation) of Normandy in 1449-50 and the fall of Gascony in 1451-53. The volume has one 3-D BEV map of the Battle of Formigny in 1450 and two of the Battle of Castillon in 1453.Read more ›
This title, first published in 2012, may (or may not) suffer from comparisons with Juliet Barker’s book “Conquest: The English Kingdom of France, 1417-1450). In fact, the books have different scopes and cover different periods, with the Osprey title focusing on the last four years of the Hundred Years’ War. Even the terms used “English France” for one, referring to the last English possessions, and “The English Kingdom of France”, referring to the territories (north of the Loire) and the French won by Henry the Fifth but not to his hereditary lands in Gascony which had been held by Kings of England since Alienor of Aquitaine became Queen of England (in 1154). Even the respective purposes of the two books are different, with the Osprey title being more narrowly focused on specific events and emphasising the military campaigns, whereas Juliet Barker’s more scholarly and much longer book is about the “rise and fall” of this “English Kingdom of France”. In other terms, the two books are not really comparable and each should be appreciated on its own terms.
Doing this leads to assess this Osprey Campaign title as being among the better ones, although I believe it is worth a good four-stars, rather than top marks, as they are a few glitches.
Perhaps the main quality of this title is that the author does manage to make almost all of the main points and provides quite a lot of political and military context for both sets of campaigns, however briefly.Read more ›
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Agincourt is more famous, but France won the Hundred Year's War. This book covers the French victory in the war most forget about.Published 18 months ago by Phil Historian
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Dr. David Nicolle, a leading academic in the field of European and Middle East Medieval history, has done a very good job at examining these final few years of the 100 years war in... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Yoda
Very pleased with the quality and depth of this book, one of a series in military history as all of you aficionados out there well know. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Alexandra Antiquary