Edward I's Neglected Conflict

The Anglo-French War of 1294–1303

David Pilling

Date Published :
November 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
30 black and white illustrations
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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’s 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’. 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’s 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.

About The Author

David Pilling is a self-employed author and historian based in West Wales, where he was raised on a smallholding. As a child he acquired a love for the Welsh countryside and Welsh history, especially the medieval era. His particular interests lie in the Edwardian wars of the late 13th century.

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