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Herce Salon de Guerre05 Mar 2017 4:42 a.m. PST

Could the hive mind suggest good detailed books for the 100 years war, particularly the Breton wars, plus good campaign guides iwould like views from both sides, can be published in English, German or French


coopman05 Mar 2017 5:36 a.m. PST

See this thread:

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Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2017 7:23 a.m. PST

I liked these



Great War Ace Inactive Member05 Mar 2017 7:40 a.m. PST

Cool, Stross, I bought the second one. Ships from the UK. Used library book. I'll wait …

KSmyth05 Mar 2017 9:50 a.m. PST


The best thing about history from this period is all of the new histories that have appeared the past twenty years or so and continue to appear. I would recommend Jonathan Sumption's four volumes first. They are broad and focus on political, economic and social issues as much as the military-but if you are really interested in Breton politics and the perpetual strife there, only Sumption follows it.

If you're looking for something beyond the Osprey Campaign books-all of which are fine, though some are a little dated-these are some interesting titles.

Crecy-Livingtone and Witzel's "Road to Creccy" is quite good and covers the entire campaign. It's a great read. Kelly DeVries and Michael Livingston published a collection of essays and primary sources "The Battle of Crecy: A Casebook" Andrew Ayton's collection of writing on the battle from 2005 is also quite useful. DeVries and Ayton both question our traditional understanding of where the battle was fought.

Poitiers-David Green's "Battle of Poitiers: 1356" is a fun little book and written with wargamers in mind. Includes OOBs. Christian Teutsch "Victory at Poitiers" takes another look at the battle and offers some interesting and different conclusions from accepted norms. If you can find a copy of the old Knight's Games series "Poitiers 1356" by Donald Featherstone, it's worth a look. Probably set you back about ten bucks.

Agincourt. There's a split between historians on Agincourt now. The traditionalists would be Alfred Burne and Juliet Barker who embrace the Band of Brothers version portrayed in Shakespeare's Henry V. Anne Curry's "Agincourt: A New History" from 2009 changed all that with a stronger Henry V and a much reduced French force.

Bottom line is there are lots of great books, new re-examinations of the period based on new sources. Lots more available than I've included. Can't help you much with non-English language sources. Good Luck


uglyfatbloke06 Mar 2017 11:40 a.m. PST

I'd be wary of De Vries. He might or might not be great on the HYW (it's a bit out my way) but his analysis of Bannockburn is simply awful and that would make me cautious about his other work.

Thomas Thomas08 Mar 2017 10:11 a.m. PST

Always be wary of De Vries though I do plan to get his book on Crecy for the source material.

Sumption – great as is Clifford Rogers, Anne Curry. Just behind but still very good Juliet Barker.

And of course Frossiart…for fun.


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