A Short History of the Hundred Years War - The struggle for power in France from 1328-1453
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The Hundred Year’s War was neither one self-contained war, nor did it last for a hundred years. Instead it is a title of convenience to refer to a series of military conflicts that spanned the late Medieval period, from 1337 to 1453. The opposing factions in the conflicts were the House of Plantagenet, which ruled the Kingdom of England, and the House of Valois, which ruled the Kingdom of France. These two fiercely ambitious families used their kingdoms to either gain or maintain control over the Kingdom of France.
This short history of the Hundred Years’ War reveals the complexities involved in the outbreak of the war, the seemingly endless military campaigns, and the critical results that would contribute to the end of the Medieval period.