Edward I's Neglected Conflict(2021)
The Anglo-French War of 1294-1303
A non fiction book by David Pilling
The Anglo\-French war of 1294\-1303 has not been the subject of a major study since the early 1900s. Recent histories tend to treat it as a sideshow compared to Edward I\x27s wars in Wales and Scotland, which gives a false impression. In reality the Welsh and Scottish campaigns were distractions, and Edward regarded the war against France as his main focus. The main issue at stake was the defence and recovery of Aquitaine, the last substantial piece of the so\-called Angevin empire\x27. To that end Edward spent enormous sums of money on recruiting allies in the Low Countries and the Holy Roman Empire. His rival, Philip IV, also recruited allies to counter Edward\x27s alliance, until the conflict engulfed much of Western Europe. The result was a series of military stalemates, demonstrating that England and France could not achieve outright victory in a head\-to\-head conflict. This book seeks to place the war in its proper context and significance, and to trace the roots of it all the way back to the creation of the Angevin empire in the mid\-12th century. It also argues that the war of 1294\-1303 was a vital step on the road to the more famous conflict we remember as the Hundred Years War.
September 2021 : UK Hardback