• The Hundred Years War

  • The History of Europe's Most Famous War of the Middle Ages
  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Saethon Williams
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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The Hundred Years War

By: Charles River Editors
Narrated by: Saethon Williams
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"King of England, if you do not do these things, I am the commander of the military, and in whatever place I shall find your men in France, I will make them flee the country, whether they wish to or not." (Joan of Arc)

Although it ended over 550 years ago, the Hundred Years' War still looms large in the historical consciousness of England and France, even if the name of the famous war is a misnomer. Actually a series of separate conflicts between the English and French monarchies, interspersed with periods of peace, its historical image is an odd one, in part because its origins were based on royal claims that dated back centuries, and the English and French remained adversaries for nearly 400 years after it ended.

However, the war was actually transformative in many respects, and the impact it had on the geopolitical situation of Europe cannot be overstated. While some might think of the war as being a continuation of the feudal tradition of knights and peasants, the Hundred Years' War revolutionized Western European warfare, and it truly helped to usher in the concept of nationalism on the continent. In England it is remembered as a period of grandeur and success, even though the English lost the war and huge swathes of territory with it, while the French remember it as a strategic victory that ensured the continued independence of France and the denial of English hegemony. To understand the Hundred Years' War is to understand how England became politically severed from the continent, how the knightly chivalric tradition slid into irrelevance, and how battlefield dominance can still leave a nation a loser in war.

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Good learning opportunity

A good condensed presentation of the interconnected wars fought between England and France during the Middle Ages. Despite being considered the age of chivalry, there was much backstabbing and devastation of local populations both by war and disease. Well worth the read as its very brevity salvages it from being a great bore.
Saethon Williams has a very pleasant voice, accent, and pronunciation of French names and territories.

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the hundred years war in an hour?

Way too short for such an expansive topic. I didn't pay enough attention to run time when I purchased. Don't make my mistake.

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Solid short European history

This quick history lesson does a good job outlining the many conflicts that comprise the Hundred Years War. No issues with the narration.

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