Tag Archive: Hundred Years War

MAP#72: Jack Cade’s Rebellion: A Prelude to the Wars of the Roses

Jack Cade’s Rebellion The summer of 1450 was full of unrest in England. A failing war in France, political corruption and out of control crime left the citizens of England on edge. One man, Jack Cade, gathered together a band of followers from all classes of life and marched on London. The group presented King…

New database reveals ancestor veterans of the Hundred Years War

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If you’ve ever wondered whether your ancestors served as a medieval soldier in the Hundred Years War, a newly launched website from historians at the universities of Southampton and Reading may have the answer. The names of over 3,500 French soldiers linked to the Battle of Agincourt (1415) have been added to The Soldier in…

‘Joan of Arc’ ring sells for £240,000 after English v French bidding battle

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A medieval ring long associated with Joan of Arc sold for £240,000 – almost 30 times its estimate – at Timeline Auctions in Bloomsbury on February 25. It was bought by two French solicitors thought to be acting on behalf of the French government. In the transcript of Joan’s Trial of Condemnation in 1431 several…

MAP#68: Combat of the Thirty

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During the first phase of the Hundred Years War a smaller war broke out in France, the Breton War of Succession. Wars of Succession always start the same way, a Nobleman dies without an heir. In this case it was the Duke of Brittany, John the Good, who died childless in 1341. Two men stepped…

Bernard Cornwell’s ‘The Last Kingdom’ premieres in October!

The Last Kingdom

Adapted for TV, The Last Kingdom, the first novel in The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell finally gets a premiere date! BBC America announced the show will air on Saturday, 10 October 2015. (Check your local listings for times) The good news for us here in the States is the show will premiere on BBC…

FREE Course: Agincourt 1415: Myth and Reality

This year marks the 600th anniversary of one of the biggest battles in Medieval history, the Battle of Agincourt. We discussed the battle in lesson 44 of the podcast. Agincourt was a turning point in the Hundred Years’ War for Henry V and England. It’s an epic battle where legends are born and chivalry died!…

MAP#67: Warrior Princess: Female warriors of the Middle Ages

Warrior Princess Countess_Jeanne

Women in the Middle Ages were docile, meek and subservient. Or at least that’s what we were led to believe. But that isn’t always the case. In previous lessons we looked at Black Agnes, the defender of Dunbar Castle and Melisende, the Queen of Jerusalem. Women like Joan of Arc, Isabella, the She-Wolf of France…

MAP#66: The Battle of Sluys (1340)

Battle of Sluys

The Battle of Sluys was the first major battle of the Hundred Years’ War. There were a few battles before it but nothing that compared to the size and ramifications of Sluys. The Hundred Years’ War was a series of wars between England’s Plantagenet Dynasty and France’s House of Valois and lasted 116 years! The…

A Journey to Medieval Paris by Stew Ross

Hotel de Sens

On a warm summer day in 1965, a 10-year old boy, his parents, and their tour guide stood in front of the Place de la Concorde in Paris watching an endless swirl of cars and Vespa motor scooters. The guide was explaining the significance of the plaza to the events of the French Revolution when…

MAP#58: Gilles de Rais – Gallant Knight, Occultist and Serial Killer

Gilles de Rais, an esteemed knight and the Marshall of France, who fought alongside Joan of Arc. Then he turned to the occult and tried to deal with the devil. Gilles isn’t remembered as a hero of France, instead he is remembered as a gruesome child murderer. On today’s episode we are going to look…

Drone Flyover of Bodiam Castle

Bodiam-Castle

Bodiam Castle, situated in East Sussex, England, is the iconic medieval castle. Built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of King Edward III. Sir Edward secured the permission to build the castle from reigning King Richard II. Ricard believed the castle’s location would help defend England during the Hundred Years’ War. Bodiam…

MAP#55: Bernard Cornwell Interview – The Empty Throne

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Few authors can capture the atmosphere of the middle ages as well as Bernard Cornwell. A master storyteller Bernard has written over 50 books! I first discovered Bernard Cornwell in the early 2000s when I was browsing at a local bookstore. A book titled The Archer’s Tale caught my attention and the main character was…

Was Edward the Black Prince really a nasty piece of work?

Edward The Black Prince

A newly discovered letter that has lain unread for over 600 years is forcing a rethink of a 14th Century prince with a controversial reputation, writes Luke Foddy. He was the superstar of his age, winning his spurs in battle aged just 16. But the reputation of Edward of Woodstock – or the Black Prince,…

Dan Jones talks ‘The Plantagenets’

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Have you picked up your copy of The Plantagenets? It’s only the international bestseller that reveals Britain’s longest running dynasty. Over a dozen Kings spanning three centuries, take that Tudors! From King Henry II all the way through King Richard III, you will learn about the struggles, politics and wars that shaped the High Middle…

MAP#44: Battle of Agincourt 1415

King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt 1415

The Hundred Years’ War raged for over 100 years and divided England and France like never before. Today on the Medieval Archives Podcast we look at a battle during the last phase of the Hundred Years’ War, The Battle of Agincourt. King Henry V of England, vastly outnumbered fought for his Kingdom and his life….