ISBN-10:
0313324581
ISBN-13:
9780313324581
Pub. Date:
03/30/2005
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years War

Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years War

by Deborah A. FraioliDeborah A. Fraioli
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Overview

When in Henry II of England married Eleanor of Aquitaine of France in 1154 A.D., he became at once the reigning sovereign over a vast stretch of land extending across all of England and half of France—and yet, according to the feudal hierarchy of the times, a vassal to the King of France. This situation, which placed French and English borders in such a tenuous position, solidified the precarious ground on which the Hundred Years War was to be fought 183 years later. This epic border conflict—which was contemporaneous with the age of popular uprisings and the Bubonic Plague, fought according to enduring notions of chivalry and the budding pride of nationality, and which numbered among its participants Richard II, the Black Prince of Wales, Henry IV, Henry V, and Charles of Navarre—ultimately depended upon a peasant woman, Joan of Arc, to reinforce the French ideal of a sacred kingdom, swing the pendulum once more in the direction of the French, and bring this perennial conflict to an end.

When in 1154 A.D. Henry II of England married Eleanor of Aquitaine of France, he became at once the reigning sovereign over a vast stretch of land extending across all of England and half of France, and yet, according to the feudal hierarchy of the times, a vassal to the King of France. This situation, which placed French and English borders in such a tenuous position, solidified the precarious ground on which the Hundred Years War was to be fought 183 years later. This epic border conflict—which was contemporaneous with the age of popular uprisings and the Bubonic Plague, fought according to enduring notions of chivalry and the budding pride of nationality, and which numbered among its participants Richard II, the Black Prince of Wales, Henry IV, Henry V, and Charles of Navarre—ultimately depended upon a peasant woman, Joan of Arc, to reinforce the French ideal of a sacred kingdom, swing the pendulum once more in the direction of the French, and bring this perennial conflict to an end.

Topics of the theme essays have been selected to show the diversity of this complex war, and include discussions of: the origins of the war; the age of popular rebellion; chivalry's effect on 14th and 15th century warfare; the religion of the monarchy and the role of sacred kingship in the building of the French monarchy; and Joan of Arc's understanding of the war. An annotated timeline and a chronology of French and English Kings provide readers with an easy-to-follow overview of the Hundred Years War and the rulers who presided over it. Nineteen biographical sketches of key French and English figures lend a human aspect to historic names; and 14 annotated primary documents breathe fresh life into the topic, and provide students and readers with a new look at the period. The book concludes with an annotated bibliography and index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313324581
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/30/2005
Series: Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Medieval World Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Deborah A. Fraioli is Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Simmons College, Boston. She is the author of Joan of Arc: The Early Debate.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword by Jane Chance

Preface

Chronology of Events

Chronology of French and English Kings

Historical Overview

Background Causes of the Hundred Years War

Popular Uprisings

Chivalry's Growth and Decline and the Hundred Years War

The Creation of Royal Authority in France

The War and Joan of Arc

Concluding Essay

Biographies: The Personalities Behind the Hundred Years War

Primary Documents of the Hundred Years War

Glossary of Selected Terms

Annotated Bibliography

Index

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