Chivalry and Betrayal: The Hundred Years War

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Trouble in the Family 1337-1360

Series 1 - Episode 1 Trouble in the Family 1337-1360



One hundred years is, of course, an approximation, as this war between England and France, longest of the Middle Ages, lasted from 1337 to 1453, by which time the people who’d begun the hostilities were long dead. It gave England such victories as Agincourt, made the reputations of Edward III and Henry V – and would give Shakespeare plenty of material. It also provided France with a national heroine in Joan of Arc.

But even now the jury is out as to its causes and outcome. Unstuffy historian Janina Ramirez (presenter of BBC4’s recent Illuminations) guides us through the saga of kings, knights, bloody battles and cultural triumphs in the first of three ravishingly shot films.


Dr Nina Ramirez explores the lengthy conflict between England and France in the 14th and 15th centuries. She begins by examining how Edward III led a crushing English victory at the Battle of Crecy in 1346, focusing on the role played by low-born archers, before moving on to the Black Prince's campaign of terror.