The House of Lancaster: It Wasn’t All Roses with Gary Slator

Ref: C2346017

We will begin by considering the significance and the intentions of the reign of Henry V's great campaign in 1415. We will go on to look at why this effort almost failed, before looking at reasons for the success of the English at Agincourt, along with a consideration of the battle's wider consequences. We will then go on to look at the English efforts to conquer Normandy and overcome the Kingdom of France between 1417 and 1422, making some assessment of the reasons for its success as well as reasons for the French inability to oppose the English during that period. we will then go on to examine the measures taken after the sudden death of Henry V, and the change in English strategic plans as a result. In particular, we will examiner the nature of the English relationship with the Burgundians, and the character of their own ambitions.We will also consider the character of administration within England and the developments across British society as a whole during the 1420s.

Course aim

How did King Henry V restore Plantagenet glory, and successfully defeat the Kingdom of France in little more than five years? And how did English rule in France pave the way for the emergence of Joan of Arc? This course will examine those questions.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Provide at least three reasons for the failure of the French at the battle of Agincourt.
  • Give two specific examples of the character of Lancastrian success in France from 1417 onwards.
  • Define the basic nature of English government, at home and in France, after the death of King Henry V
  • Provide an account of the importance of John Duke of Bedford after 1422.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No previous knowledge is required, but background reading may be helpful: "A Brief History of the Hundred Years War" Desmond Seward, Robinson Press 2003 "Conquest: The English Kingdom of France" Juliet Barker, Abacus Press 2010

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The House of Lancaster: It Wasn’t All Roses with Gary Slator


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