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By Desmond Seward

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For over 100 years England again and again invaded France at the pretext that her kings had a correct to the French throne. France was once a wide, unwieldy country, England used to be small and negative, yet for the main half she ruled the warfare, sacking cities and castles and profitable battles - together with such excellent victories as Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, yet then the English run of good fortune started to fail, and in 4 brief years she misplaced Normandy and at last her final stronghold in Guyenne. The protagonists of the Hundred 12 months conflict are one of the so much vibrant in ecu heritage: for the English, Edward III, the Black Prince and Henry V, later immortalized by means of Shakespeare; for the French, the the best option yet inept John II, who died a prisoner in London, Charles V, who very approximately overcame England and the enigmatic Charles VII, who did finally force the English out. Desmond Seward's account lines the adjustments that resulted in France's ultimate victory and brings to lifestyles the entire intrigue and color of the final chivalric combats as they gave method to a extra brutal sleek battle

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For over 100 years England again and again invaded France at the pretext that her kings had a correct to the French throne. France was once a wide, unwieldy country, England used to be small and terrible, yet for the main half she ruled the battle, sacking cities and castles and successful battles - together with such excellent victories as Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, yet then the English run of luck started to fail, and in 4 brief years she misplaced Normandy and eventually her final stronghold in Guyenne.

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32 The two perspectives on strategy’s relationship to politics reflect the nineteenth-century debate on the relative merits of ‘wars of attrition’ compared to those of ‘decision’. This debate exerts such a profound influence, partly thanks to its beginnings in the age when modern mili­ tary history emerged as a sub-discipline, but also due to its – largely unconscious – incorporation within more recent fashionable historical thinking. The influential thesis of an early modern Military Revolution essentially presents the wars of decision perspective through its association of ‘great captains’ like Gustavus Adolphus with ‘decisive victory’ and ‘progressive’ tactics based on gunpowder technology.

My critique of the Great Captains approach is not to suggest that early modern statesmen and generals were incapable of grand strategic thinking. Rather, the interplay of time, distance, resource mobilisation and political objectives were understood differently than in the nineteenth century when much of the history of this period was written. There were no schemes for rapid, sweeping conquest. 50 Objectives were pursued incrementally in limited steps. Strategy was concurrent, not sequential with diplomacy, and talks continued alongside the fighting.

Like Denmark, Sweden could start, but not finish a major war. It urgently needed additional manpower. 44 As foreigners with no connections in local politics, the Swedes needed collaborators to help recruit, arm, feed and lead additional German troops. 44 J. Lindegren, ‘The politics of expansion in seventeenth-century Sweden’, in E. Martínez Ruiz/M. ), Spain and Sweden (Madrid: Fundacion Bernd Wistedt, 2000), 169–194. 26 peter h. wilson These collaborators came from the same groups as the paladins: minor princes, counts, imperial knights.

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