The Hundred Years War : The Chagrin of Nobles and Delight of Kings
MetadataShow full item record
During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries England and France were tied in a conflict that would come to be known as the Hundred Years War, a string of conflicts fought for control of the French crown and an era that brought both 'nations' to their knees. This war began as a small disagreement over the feudal hierarchy of the French duchy of Gascony but over time progressed into total war. It brought the burdens of war upon the common people and effectively drained both societies of both human and material resources. The medieval inhabitants of Europe's lives were wrought with famine, disease and ceaseless war—they must have truly believed the end of days was nigh.3 These dark times created a society fit to rise to a more prosperous future because of the societal developments incited by this gruesome and incessant war fought between two super-powers of the middle ages—France and England. However, the immediate aftermath of the war did not provide any notion of this "brighter future". These two titans limped forth on into history before they were truly able to run again— and in time, they were faster than before. This coming age, the author believes, can be characterized by a greater sense of efficiency and lack of intimacy in warfare, politics and government that came to be as a result of the Hundred Years War.