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"The Hundred Years War was fought between 1337 and 1453 over English claims to both the throne of France by right of inheritance and large parts of the country that had been at one time Norman or, later, English. The fighting ebbed and flowed, but despite their superior tactics and great victories at Crécy, Poitiers, and Agincourt, the English could never hope to secure their claims in perpetuity: France was wealthier and far more populous, and while the English won the battles, they could not hope to hold forever the lands they conquered."

From Jim's review:...the Hundred Years War is complicated. You would expect that from a war that lasted throughout three generations and went through multiple rulers. Corrigan does an excellent job of breaking down who all the players are, and explains how the King of England could reasonably claim to be the rightful ruler of France (the nominal cause of the war). The descriptions of how wars were fought in the 14th century are equally good.

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