Hundred Years War Vol 4 : Cursed Kings
by Jonathan Sumption
Editor: FABER & FABER
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Maudits Rois tells the story of the destruction of France by the madness of its king and the greed and violence of his family.In the early fifteenth century, France had ceased to be the strongest and most populous nation-state of medieval Europe to suffering complete the internal collapse and part of the conquest by a foreign powerIt had never happened before in the country’s history – and it would not happen again until 1940.In the void left by this domestic disaster, was one of the most remarkable leaders of the time, Henry V of England, victor of Azincourt, who conquered most of northern France before dying at the age of thirty-six, two months before, he would have become King of FranceAfter Divided Houses (winner of the Wolfson History Prize and finalist for the Hessel-Tiltman), The Cursed Kings is the masterly new chapter in “one of the great historical works of our time” (Allan Massie)
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