Category Archives: France

Battle of Fornovo 1495 Part 4

Charles VII leads his army into Italy to invade the Kingdom of Naples. He is invited into the peninsula by Ludovico Il Moro of Milan, concerned about aggression from Naples. Ludovico had expected the French to travel to Naples largely by sea, and with a smaller force, not the full deployment of the French crown

Battle of Nancy 1477 Part 3

The Burgundian Wars 1474-1477
Charles the Bold of Burgundy captures the Duchy of Lorraine. But he faces fierce resistance from his neighbours who form an alliance called the League of Constance, which includes several Swiss towns. The culmination of the wars is the Siege of Nancy 1476-77

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)