The Low Countries and the Hundred Years' War: 1326-1347

The Low Countries and the Hundred Years' War: 1326-1347

The Low Countries and the Hundred Years' War: 1326-1347

The Low Countries and the Hundred Years' War: 1326-1347

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Twenty-seven years ago Professor Eugène Déprez gave to the world his important study on the opening of the Hundred Years' War. Tracing with minute detail the diplomatic relations between the courts of the Plantagenet and Valois monarchies between 1328 and 1342, he was the first historian to set forth in adequate fashion the political factors which produced a war that was to end only with the definitive expulsion of the English from Guienne in the middle of the fifteenth century. The conflict grew out of the fact that the Valois monarchy followed in the footsteps of the Capetian kings who had ever sought to concentrate in the person of the monarch all the functions of the state and thus inevitably created bitter feelings with the English court over Guienne. In his treatment of this theme, Professor Déprez limited himself to the relations between England and France and to the efforts of the popes who anxiously labored to prevent a desperate conflict between two of the major secular powers of Christendom. The connections of the princes of the Low Countries with this struggle were treated only incidentally and without any serious study of the sources.

Many writers have occupied themselves with the history of the various states of the Low Countries during this period, but nearly all of them have been concerned with topics of rather limited scope. General surveys were usually based upon inadequate study of the sources. Thus ProfessorJames Mackinnon History of Edward III, 1327-1377, treated the problem as it concerned the Low Countries without much study of the numerous sources printed in books and articles dealing with the history of such principalities as Flanders, Brabant, Hainault, Holland, Zeeland, Friesland, Guelders, Namur, Luxemburg, Tournai, Cambrai, Liège, and Utrecht. The lack of any such treatment has inspired me to attempt this study.

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