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Captain Gideon09 Oct 2016 1:20 p.m. PST

I wanted to know if there are books about the 100 Years War that contain OOB's and maps of the Battlefields?

I have the Osprey Campaign book Agincourt which deals with that Battle but I wanted to know more about other Battles of the 100 Years War.

Any help would be most grateful.


Martian Root Canal10 Oct 2016 7:46 a.m. PST

The definitive books in my opinion are Jonathan Sumption's 4-volume set (available on Amazon):

The Hundred Years War: Trial by Fire
The Hundred Years War: Trial by Battle
The Hundred Years War: Divided Houses
The Hundred Years War: Cursed Kings

Thomas Thomas10 Oct 2016 8:32 a.m. PST

Second Sumption also Rogers War Cruel and Sharp for Edward III era.

Wadge's book on Verneuil is an excellent modern study (you can also look at my scenrio in Great Battles for DBA 3.0 on Verneuil – has map and OBs).


uglyfatbloke23 Oct 2016 7:28 a.m. PST

Sumption and Rogers…both are rather (PK, seriously)poor on the Scottish aspects, but good apart from that. Also, Michael Prestwich.

Griefbringer24 Oct 2016 4:47 a.m. PST

Previously mentioned Verneuil 1424 by Wadge is pretty decent reading, though the description of the actual battle only takes a portion of the book, with a lot of pages decribing the larger strategic context and the years leading to the battle.

As for Osprey campaign books, Orleans 1429 is decent reading, while The Fall of English France (describing Formigny and Castillon) is in my opinion excellent.

I have also in my bookshelf Juliet Barker's Conquest (general work covering years from 1417 to 1453) that I picked from a bookstore in Manchester last month, though I have only quickly skimmed through that one.

That said, are you just interested in the actions from Agincourt onwards, or also on the 14th century part of the conflict?

Captain Gideon24 Oct 2016 7:31 a.m. PST

Griefbringer I'm looking for anything dealing with the Hundred Years War.

Crecy and Poitiers info would be nice as well as some of the battles that the English lost like Orleans.

But what would be best is to find a book that covers all the Battles from the Hundred Years War.

Now I know finding a book like that could be impossible but if someone did an Atlas or something.

But I know that there's less information for the Hundred Years War then most other periods like the Napoleonic period for example.

Griefbringer24 Oct 2016 7:57 a.m. PST

But what would be best is to find a book that covers all the Battles from the Hundred Years War.

Not a definitive source, but Ian Heath lists a lot of them in his book Armies of the Middle Ages, vol 1. Some are described only very briefly, some more in detail, and he tries to give numbers for the sides involved (not necessarily matching the more recent scholarship) though no maps are included.

That book was originally released in the 80's, and I don't think there have been any reprints lately, but there are a bunch circulating in the second hand market.

As for Crecy and Poitiers, it should not be too difficult to find books about those (Osprey alone has at least 3 volumes), though probably not quite in the numbers you can find for Agincourt.

rampantlion24 Oct 2016 11:10 a.m. PST

For historical fiction, the archer's tale series by Cornwell is pretty entertaining.

uglyfatbloke26 Oct 2016 1:16 a.m. PST

You might want to have a look at Prof. Nicholson's 'Edward III and the Scots'. Not strictly HYW obviously, but a useful insight into the development of Edward III's military career, not to mention the first of the great longbow victories, Dupplin Muir.

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