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By Juliet Barker

For thirty dramatic years, England governed a very good swath of France on the aspect of the sword—an all-but-forgotten episode within the Hundred Years’ conflict that Juliet Barker brings to bright existence in Conquest.

Following Agincourt, Henry V’s moment invasion of France in 1417 introduced a crusade that might position the crown of France on an English head. Buoyed by means of conquest, the English military appeared invincible. by the point of Henry’s untimely dying in 1422, the vast majority of northern France lay in his palms and the Valois inheritor to the throne have been disinherited. merely the looks of a visionary peasant lady who claimed divine assistance, Joan of Arc, used to be in a position to halt the English enhance, yet no longer for lengthy. simply six months after her dying, Henry’s younger son used to be topped in Paris because the first—and last—English king of France.

Henry VI’s country persisted for two decades, but if he got here of age he used to be no longer the chief his father have been. The dauphin whom Joan had topped Charles VII may ultimately force the English out of France. Barker recounts those stirring events—the epic battles and sieges, plots and betrayals—through a kaleidoscope of characters from John Talbot, the “English Achilles,” and John, duke of Bedford, regent of France, to brutal mercenaries, opportunistic freebooters, inventive spies, and fans torn aside by means of the conflict.

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