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Crécy is one of the most famous, and most widely studied battles of medieval history. Described b... Read More

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Crécy is one of the most famous, and most widely studied battles of medieval history. Described by Winston Churchill as 'one of the four supreme achievements' of the English military, it fundamentally changed the course of the Hundred Years War.This title not only tells the story of the battle itself, but also how the author has helped to rewrite the narrative of the battle by finding its true location.Dr Michael Livingston is a respected medieval historian. His book The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook (Liverpool University Press, 2016) immediately rewrote much of what we assumed we knew about the battle.Features a foreword by bestselling author Bernard Cornwell.Dr. Michael Livingston teaches the military and cultural history of the Middle Ages at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He recently co-authored the textbook reader Medieval Warfare, and future works include books on the battles of Hastings and Shrewsbury. These add to previous books The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook, winner of the 2017 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History, and Never Greater Slaughter: Brunanburh and the Birth of England (Osprey, 2021).'Like Crécy itself, this book is a triumph and the tale it tells gives an old story new life.' BERNARD CORNWELL, bestselling author of The Last Kingdom series A groundbreaking new study of the battle of Crécy, in which the outnumbered English under King Edward III won a decisive victory over the French and changed the course of the Hundred Years War. The battle of Crécy in 1346 is one of the most famous and widely studied military engagements in history. The repercussions of this battle were felt for hundreds of years, and the exploits of those fighting reached the status of legend. Yet cutting-edge research has shown that nearly everything that has been written about this dramatic event may be wrong. In this new study, Michael Livingston reveals how modern scholars have used archived manuscripts, satellite technologies and traditional fieldwork to help unlock what was arguably the battle's greatest secret: the location of the now quiet fields where so many thousands died. Crécy: Battle of Five Kings is a story of past and present. It is a new history of one of the most important battles of the Middle Ages: a compelling narrative account of the battle of Crécy that still adheres to the highest scholarly standards in its detail. It is also an account that incorporates the most cutting-edge revelations and the personal story of how those discoveries were made.A groundbreaking new study of the battle of Crécy, in which the outnumbered English under King Edward III won a decisive victory over the French and changed the course of the Hundred Years War.Foreword Preface List of Illustrations List of Maps Introduction: The Crécy Dead, 28 August 1346 PART ONE: BEFORE THE CAMPAIGN, TO 1346 1. Roots of War, 1066-1308 2. Isabella and the Two Edwards, 1308-30 3. Wine, Wool, and the March to War, 1202-1337 4. The Hundred Years War Begins, 1337-46 PART TWO: THE CRÉCY CAMPAIGN, 1346 5. The Campaign Begins, 12-23 July 6. The Sacking of Caen, 23-30 July 7. The Long Road to Paris, 30 July-16 August 8. The Battle of Blanchetaque, 16-25 August PART THREE: RECONSTRUCTING CRÉCY, 26 AUGUST 1346 9. Reconstructing Battles 10. The Armies Approach, 26 August 11. Finding Crécy 12. The Battle of Crécy, 26 August 13. The Second Day, 27 August Epilogue: All the Days to Come Appendix: The Location of Crécy Suggested Reading and Acknowledgments Endnotes IndexLike Crécy itself, this book is a triumph and the tale it tells gives an old story new life.Original, insightful and revelatory - Michael Livingston has once again transformed the way we think about one of the great battles of the Middle Ages. An indispensable guide for anyone interested in Crécy and the Hundred Years War.There are master conflict analysts. There are master storytellers. There are master historians. Only once in a lifetime do you find all three skills at the highest level in a single person. Crécy: Battle of Five Kings is what you get when that person writes a book.Fascinating and engaging, and told with clear passion for the subject, Crécy: Battle of Five Kings is not to be missed.This is an enjoyable and informative read.

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Title: Crécy
Author: Michael LivingstonBernard Cornwell
SKU: BK0457960
EAN: 9781472847058
Language: English

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Dr. Michael Livingston teaches the military and cultural history of the Middle Ages at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He recently co-authored the textbook reader Medieval Warfare, and future works include books on the battles of Hastings and Shrewsbury. These add to previous books The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook, winner of the 2017 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History, Never Greater Slaughter: Brunanburh and the Birth of England (Osprey, 2021), and Crécy: Battle of Five Kings (Osprey, 2021).

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