Category Archives: France

Battle of Castillon, Part 3

France Begins to Recover in the Hundred Years War
The English fail to capture Orleans, famously defended by Joan of Arc. Charles the Dauphin makes gains against the English and is crowned at the Cathedral of Reims. Philip the Good, meanwhile, concentrates on building up his Duchy of Burgundy. In 1435 the Treaty of Arras is signed between France and Burgundy – a major diplomatic defeat for the English

Battle of Castillon, Part 2

The English Kingdom in France
After the death of Henry V, the English, under the leadership of John Duke of Burgundy, attempt to consolidate their hold on northern France and push into the south. Resistance forms in France around Charles the Dauphin. Also involved is Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy (pictured) although his main focus of attention is in his own lands to the east.

Battle of Castillon 1453 Part 1

Part 1 of 4 on the last years of the Hundred Years War.
The History of Burgundy through the centuries. Also in 1400’s civil war leaves France vulnerable to invasion by King Henry V of England and defeat at Agincourt 1415. Also the assassination of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy (pictured)

The Sicilian Vespers Parts 1 to 3

I have released on Patreon.com a three part set of episodes on The Sicilian Vespers.
On the fateful night of 30th March 1282 at sunset on Easter Monday a local revolt in Palermo erupted and spread over the whole island of Sicily. Was it pre-planned, or spontaneous, or a mixture of the two? Either way, it was a pivotal event for all major European powers on the Mediterranean; the Papacy, the Byzantine Empire, France and Spain/Aragon, as well as Italy itself (Pictured: Paintings of the event by Francesco Hayez).
The first part is available to all, the second and third to my patrons who have pledged $3 or more a month. If any questions – please get in touch (carl@historyeurope.net)
My Patreon page is at: www.patreon.com/user?u=35216

Hundred Years War Intro Part 2

Background to The Hundred Years War (1337-1453) Part 2
France faces dynastic issues with no direct male heir. In England Edward II is deposed. Edward III ascends to the throne as a minor, and then in 1337 starts to stake his claims to lands in France


Edward III promoted jousting and pageantry