March 7, 2017

Blood Cries Afar: The Forgotten Invasion of England 1216 by Sean McGlynn

By Sean McGlynn

The first publication at the vital yet neglected French invasion of britain in 1216, which used to be virtually a moment Norman Conquest

History got here inside a hair's breadth of repeating itself, a hundred and fifty years after the Norman Conquest. In 1216, making the most of the turmoil created in England via King John's inept rule and the warfare over Magna Carta, Prince Louis of France and his military of mercenaries and French infantrymen invaded England and allied with English rebels. The prize used to be the crown of britain. inside months Louis had seized regulate of one-third of the rustic, together with London. this is often the 1st booklet to hide the bloody occasions of the invasion, the most dramatic yet most ignored episodes of British background. The textual content vividly describes the campaigns, sieges, battles, and atrocities of the invasion and its colourful leaders—Louis the Lion, King John, William Marshal, and the mercenaries Fawkes de Béauté and Eustace the Monk—to supply the 1st exact army research of this epic fight for England.

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25 This caricature has been resoundingly disproven on all fronts by two decades of revisionism at the end of the twentieth century. The publication of R. C. 27 Its limited impact was also partly due to the failure to apply Smail’s conclusions for the Middle East to Europe. He demonstrates how strategy, tactics, discipline, infantry and leadership all played major roles in the warfare of the period and that battle-avoidance was generally preferred to battle-seeking. In diminishing the role of battle he accentuated the role of the castle, placing logistics, ravaging and the taking and keeping of strongpoints at the centre of medieval warfare.

Richard I True to the ever-changing nature of medieval alliances, when Richard became King of England the familiar pattern of Angevin-Capetian rivalry was renewed afresh, barely restrained even by their combined leadership of the Third Crusade (1190–2). Whatever King Philip had learned from the military genius of Richard in the Holy Land, he could not put it to effective use against him back in Europe, for Richard usually bettered the French King at war. Philip had returned home early from the crusade, making much of an illness that was afflicting him (arnoldia), but in reality his purpose was to lay claim to his inheritance of the county of Flanders, using the opportunity to make gains on Richard’s continental territories in the English king’s absence; he was not overly deferential to the protection afforded by the Papacy to crusader’s lands.

73 He became monarch in 1180 when only fourteen. During his reign the very existence of the French nation was constantly in peril, a danger that persisted until a climactic battle for survival in 1214, when John’s allies were poised to deliver a crushing blow to Philip. The Anglo–French conflict of the early thirteenth century is the story of a fight for survival between the Angevin Empire and the Capetian monarchy. This contest was fought out within the boundaries of modern-day France, except during the period 1215–17, when the war spilled over into England for its final round.

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