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  • Paperback
  • 672 pages
  • Trial by Battle
  • Jonathan Sumption
  • English
  • 09 June 2015
  • 9780812216554

10 thoughts on “Trial by Battle

  1. Chris Chris says:

    Easily the best history of the 100 Year's War I've ever read I studied this in university and wrote a thesis on it and yet this secondary source has taught me again and again aspect of the war and the surrounding politics that either I misunderstood or never understood Clear well written and never over simplified Superb


  2. Ray Ray says:

    What a fantastic book though I would concede that it is not for everyone A detailed write up of a 14th century war may not be attractive to all Me? I'm in TotallySumption does a great job of explaining how England and France came to war and also the complex interplay of rivalry loyalty and duplicity that was statecraft in this age States were very much personal to the Kings that lead them and they rose and fell according to the ualities of the chap at the helm Nobles that held their lands in fief to the king were important regional powers and often had their own agenda In some respect the Hundred Years War was a series of regional civil wars where the English supported many disgruntled lords aggrieved at Paris or simply on the make with the French king playing whack a mole from the centreThe King of England also had extensive domains in France stemming from the days of the Norman Conuest This created much ruction as the dignity of the King of England was held to be reduced if he was also a vassal of the French King Add in the instability every time there was a change of king short reigns and a great deal of inbreeding and you had the recipe for disagreement and warWhat I had not fully appreciated was the extent to which finance played a part in the wars and in particular the necessity and huge difficulty either side had in securing regular tax income This created great opportunities for financiers to come in to bridge the gap until say the wool tax came in I lost count of the number of times the King of Englands crown jewels were pawned not a euphemism It was risky for the bankers too many were made bankrupt by royal defaultThe book ends with the capture of Calais by the English with them having just destroyed the cream of the French nobilty at Crecy Plucky John Bull defies the odds and slaps down Johny Foreigner when he gets uppity as I was taught when at school The myth of English exceptionalism has deep rootsI can't wait to see what happens next Spoiler alert the war does not end well for the English


  3. Simon Mcleish Simon Mcleish says:

    Originally published on my blog here in May 2001In England the Hundred Years' War is chiefly remembered for the victories of Crecy and particularly Agincourt There was a great deal to the war or properly speaking series of wars and it had important conseuences for the development of both the French and English states and on the conception of these states by their inhabitants as immortalised by Shakespeare Agincourt was still used in Second World War propagandaSumption's history of the war of which this is the first volume is an old fashined narrative history if concerned with matters like finance than earlier or sketchy descriptions It assumes a fair amount of knowledge of the generality of medieval history and concentrates instead on a detailed study of the causes of the war and its earliest phase this volume about six hundred pages only covers the admittedly complex events of the period 1328 1347 along with the background which sets the sceneThe major thing which comes across from this particular book is just how difficult medieval administration was Lack of information meant that governments had little idea what could be afforded by their countries; poor communications made it difficult to gather troops; tax systems in their infancy made it difficult to collect money especially when military defeat provoked opposition; and France in particular was an extremely complex collection of smaller communities each with different traditions laws and privileges far greater unity was one of the eventual effects of the war making it impossibly to impose any taxes or conscript armies with any degree of uniformity across the nationThese difficulties explain why gains and losses in this stage of the war tended to be impermanent; each side could take territory when they could spend money in one place but this would uickly be lost when the money ran out Magnates changed sides when their expenses went unpaid and soldiers and sailors freuently refused to fight unless their own homes were in dangerThis is an excellent history with the same feeling for the Middle Ages shown by Sumption's portrait of the church The Age of Pilgrimage A must for anyone interested in the period


  4. David McGrogan David McGrogan says:

    This sets a new bar for popular history which seems an odd thing to say given it was published in 1989 It is superbly readable being written in stripped down elegant prose which nevertheless never patronises the reader And there is a wonderfully dry sense of humour present in it as well entirely at odds with the very po faced tone taken by other writers in the genre Best of all there's no academic point scoring or showing off This is a narrative account told like a story exactly as history should be done


  5. Mark Mark says:

    The Hundred Years War is a conflict that stands out by virtue of its length and yet in one sense it is about only one part of the longstanding struggle between England and France during the Middle Ages From the moment William the Bastard of Normandy defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings and became William I of England England and France were intertwined by the complex ties of feudalism with the ruler of England also a vassal of the French monarch As the power of the French crown grew this complicated relationship led to increasing conflict of which the Hundred Years War represented its culmination That Johnathan Sumption spends nearly a third of his book recounting the tangled events that led to the start of the conflict in 1337 is in part a reflection of this It also embodies though the patient detailed recounting of a conflict that was epic in both scope and length In this the first of his multi volume history of the war he details the development of the war from its origins in the inter kingdom politics of 14th century England and France to the English victory at Crécy and its successful siege of Calais a decade later This is less straightforward than it may appear on the surface as than England and France were involved in the conflict In one sense the war emerged out of England's ongoing conflict with it's Scottish neighbor to the north which France sought to exploit in its ongoing pursuit of the English crown's holdings in Gascony As war loomed England's king Edward III sought out allies from throughout northwestern Europe whose support he gained primarily through generous subsidies which were financed in large measure using extraordinary loans from Italian banking houses As Sumption demonstrates the financial aspects of the war were central to the conflict often playing a decisive role in developments than events on the battlefield One of the reasons for the centrality of finance was the scope of the conflict which extended from Scotland to southwestern France and encompassed both land and naval conflict Yet the governments of the era lacked the resources to fight wars on such a vast scale which often led what a modern age would term outsourcing with both sides relying upon third parties such as regional nobles to advance their interests Usually these people were interested in profit than in strategy and politics yet even their mercenary goals could serve the interests of their employers by tying down enemy troops even if it came at the cost of innumerable suffering for the inhabitants of the regions where the forces were engagedMuch of Sumption's account is devoted to recounting these side struggles which defined the experience of the war for most of its participants and victims Yet for all of its complexity and detail a level that might turn off some readers Sumption's narrative never sags from it This in itself makes Sumption's book a considerable achievement one that once its subseuent volumes of which there are two with a third coming out this fall are completed will likely stand as the definitive account of this epic struggle for decades to come


  6. Butternut Longsword Butternut Longsword says:

    I was weaned on Edward perroys brief yet nearly unrivaled history of the hundred years war that book is some couple hundred pagescovering the entirety of the war while volume 1 and 2 alone are 586 each not counting maps etc volume e is nearly a third longer however Mr Sumptions efforts are needed as this is the most thorough narrative history of the war available much of this first volume is spent on the growing tensions between the two kings and Edward III s attempted to unsuccessfully build a low country coalitionthis is all done well despite it's necessary redundancy it is a history of the war not the best and most exciting bits please understand that if u do you will get what you bargained for if u want a briefer history go to perroys first rate account just avoid d Seward my only reason for not giving this 5 stars is the poor editing I must have counted nearly 40 to 50 basic and careless errors I am not talking about elite grammatical snobbery I'm talking about things your 8th grade teacher would circle with a red pen such carelessness makes me uestion the authority behind the fact checking as well dates can get mixed etcI haven't found any of those but such blatant disregard by the editor makes me wonder how much time they put in paralleled with Mr sumptions 10 year effortfor each volume


  7. Jessica O& Jessica O& says:

    I don't think there can be much to add to reviews of this book It is pretty much a step by step of the long and aggravated war that Edward III incited chasing the crown of France and though extraordinarily in depth is one of the easiest reads on the subject you'll likely find that is factual Sumption does a great job of keeping on topic as well which means anyone looking to books for a wider understanding of medieval society will unlikely find it which to me is a bonus Many books can waver on certain topics too long or not enough when they are broader subjects This keep well on track and right in the actionPersonally I'm researching for a novel but anyone remotely interested in how these battles were won who was there and what they did and what weapons they used this is for you It also introduces some interesting insights into weaponry of the era in motion especially the victory at Crecy one of the most revered historical battles which changed everything but didn't really gain anythingCurrently there are four books in the series with the final one ending with the English expelled from France just before turning on themselves with the Wars of the Roses


  8. DoctorM DoctorM says:

    An excellent introduction to the first years of the Hundred Years War and the opening volume in Sumption's uartet about the era about wars ranging from the edge of the Pyrenees to central Scotland Well researched well written often dryly funny with a keen eye for personalities and places Jonathan Sumption is a law lord a justice of Britain's new Supreme Court and his account of the legal intricacies of medieval warfare and the rites of feudalism and vassalage is clear elegant and intriguing While not a military historian Sumption's account of Crecy and of campaigns in Scotland and the Auitaine is succinct and lucid Very fine read highly recommended


  9. Windsor Windsor says:

    A very dense but readable book about a time I thought I knew uite a lot about Learned where the war actually started the huge financial setback even the victors were experiencing plus the sheer volume of countries involved in a war that was usually said to be between 3 or 4 people's I cannot wait for volume 2 3 4 and 5


  10. Mark Walker Mark Walker says:

    A fascinating insight into the exercise and limitations of power Traditionally we think that the further back in history the that monarchs ruled as they pleased However the monarchs of England and France had significant limitations to their power Neither had the means of raising money without the assent of nobles This then conferred power to the nobles as monarchs were reliant on them for money as well as manpower The blatant non compliance by nobles is surprising which says a lot about the independence of their power and resources The book is most interesting when describing the machinations of nobles and monarchs Inevitably once the fighting gets into full swing there is a bit too much detail of the troop movements and trailing around


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Trial by Battle❴BOOKS❵ ✮ Trial by Battle Author Jonathan Sumption – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A succession of catastrophes in the middle years of the fourteenth century brought France to the brink of destruction The bankruptcy of the French state and a bitter civil war within the royal family A succession of catastrophes in the middle years of the fourteenth century brought France to the brink of destruction The bankruptcy of the French state and a bitter civil war within the royal family were followed by the defeat and capture of the King of France by the Black Prince at Trial by PDF/EPUB ² Poitiers A peasant revolt and a violent revolution in Paris completed the tragedy In a humiliating treaty of partition France ceded than a third of its territory to Edward III of England Not for sixty years would the English again come so close to total victory France's great cities provincial towns and rural communities resisted where its leaders failed They withstood the sustained savagery of the soldiers and the free companies of brigands to undo most of Edward III's work in the following generation England's triumphs proved to be brittle and short lived.


About the Author: Jonathan Sumption

The son of a barrister Jonathan Philip Chadwick Sumption attended Eton then Magdalen College Oxford where he graduated with first class honours in history in After being called to the bar at Inner Temple in he became a ueen's Council in and a Bencher in He is Trial by PDF/EPUB ² joint head of Brick Court Chambers and was appointed to the UK Supreme Court in He has written numerous boo.