Chivalry & Betrayal: The 100 Years War
As the kings of England and the kings of France fought for possession of the crown of France, the Hundred Years War would become the longest and bloodiest conflict in medieval history. In this three-part series, cultural historian Dr. Janina Ramirez takes us on a journey through 116 years of riotous, plague-ridden warfare. She explores how art, architecture and literature from the era shed light on the complex Anglo-French rivalry as the two nations pulled apart. Janina also takes us deep into medieval battle tactics on the famous battlefields of Crécy, Poitiers and Agincourt, following not only in the footsteps of kings and princes, but humble archers and foot soldiers.
Episodes
Ep 1
Trouble In The Family
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Ep 2
Breaking The Bonds
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Ep 3
Agents Of God
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Trouble In The Family
Dr. Janina Ramirez explores the nation-shaping war between England and France, starting with the Battle of Crecy, when Edward III crushes the flower of French Knighthood. His son, the Black Prince, conducts a campaign of terror, helping to bring France to her knees. (1 of 3)
Breaking The Bonds
England, wracked by plague and revolt, loses the upper hand until Henry V, determined to prove his right to be king, turns the tide at the battle of Agincourt. (2 of 3)
Agents Of God
Henry V has claimed the crown of France for his heirs, but to secure it the English must conquer all of France. French resistance to Henry V comes in the most unlikely form of an illiterate peasant girl. (3 of 3)