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The Hundred Years War III: Divided Houses
Jonathan Sumption

The third volume of Sumption's excellent history of the Hundred Years War covering the period from 1369 to 1393, a time of waning English fortunes (deaths of Edward III, the Black Prince, and Sir John Chandos depriving them their strongest leaders) and waxing French fortunes (fueled by the victories of Bertrand du Guesclin), while both countries were plagued with weak leadership and familial infighting due to the minority of the child king Richard II of England and the onset of madness in Charles VI of France. As in previous volumes, Sumption's prose is exquisite and a real pleasure to read.