Controversial Issues
Concerning the Hundred Years' War

This page identifies various issues related to the history of the Hundred Years' War [HYW] that need to be examined with caution. Many of these topics concern observations and perceptions that receive unquestioned acceptance in history works largely due to repetition and very selective referencing to sources in numerous secondary accounts of the war.
Some issue topics addressed in this series may not specifically relate to the HYW, but indirectly apply as they pertain to understanding the era and/or fundamental practice of presenting history.
An index of topics is provided immediately below in the Directory. The Directory contains a brief summary of each topic addressed in this webpage. Following each summary description are, or will be, links to separate webpages that contain expanded arguments that attempt to present a balanced review of the evidence. In most cases, there cannot be solid proof to support one thesis, or position, over another. However, several unfounded assertions can be exposed, or cautionary flags raised.

This page is under continious development and expansion.
At this stage, many topic headings only identify specific issues that will be addressed with expanded narrative at a later date.


DIRECTORY
ISSUE TOPICS
I. Period of time that applies to the HYW.
II. Status of English monarchs' claims to the crown of France.
(a) Edward III's claim.
(b) Henry V's claim.
III. Tactical deployment of the English longbow.
IV. Guns alleged to be at the Battle of Crécy (1346).
V. Jeanne d'Arc:
(a) Significance of her role in the outcome,
(b) Military aspects relating to her activities,
(c) Allegiations as to her birth and her death,
(d) Representation in modern literature.
(e) Influence of 'Johannic scholars' on general history of the war.
VI. Allegations as to the legitimacy of Charles VII's birth.
VII. Edward III's association with the duchess of Salisbury.
VIII. Presence of the Oriflamme at battles.
IX. Influence of Flemish and Burgundian Chroniclers on historical accounts.
X. Definition of the 'managonel' war machine.
XI. Reliability of combat strengths and casualty numbers.
XII. Assessing medieval weapons' performance/effectiveness.
XIII. Assessing conduct of combat maneuvers and related events.
XIV. Myth of the 'Holy Roman Empire'.
XV. 'Nationalism' reflected in historical treatment of the war.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTIONS
I. Period of time that applies to the HYW.

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II. Status of English monarchs' claims to the crown of France:
(a) Edward III's claim.
(b) Henry V's claim.

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III. Tactical deployment of the English longbow.

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IV. Guns alleged to be at the Battle of Crécy (1346).

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V. Jeanne d'Arc:
(a) Significance of her role in the outcome.
(b) Military aspects relating to her activities,
(c) Allegiations as to her birth and her death.
(d) Representation of her in modern literature.
(e) Influence of 'Johannic scholars' on general history of the Hundred Years' War.

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VI. Allegations as to the legitimacy of Charles VII's birth.

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VII. Edward III's association with the duchess of Salisbury.

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VIII. Presence of the Oriflamme at battles.

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IX. Influence of Flemish and Burgundian Chroniclers on historical accounts.

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X. Definition of the 'managonel' war machine.

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XI. Reliability of combat strengths and casualty numbers.

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XII. Assessing medieval weapons' performance/effectiveness.

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XIII. Assessing conduct of combat maneuvers and related events

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XIV. Myth of the 'Holy Roman Empire'.

Popular histories error in perpetuating the distortion that Charlemagne's 800 CE crowning by Pope Leo III created a 'Holy Roman Empire', or that his 'empire' continued beyond the duration of the Caroliginian ruling dynasty.

Expanded discussion/argument at The so-called 'Holy Roman Empire' webpage.

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XV. 'Nationalism' reflected in historical treatment of the war.

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This page was created 8 September 1999; revised 20 February 2002.
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