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The Hundred Years War And Genealogical Charts

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The Hundred Years War was fought primarily between France and England in the years 1337?1453, though it spilled over into surrounding regions such as Italy, Spain, the Low Countries, and western Germany. While many factors helped precipitate the Hundred Years War, its most immediate cause lay in conflicting claims on the French crown. Most of the great nobles soon swore allegiance to Charles of Valois?s son, Philip VI (1328?1350). Late in the 1330s, Edward III began to lay the groundwork for war. The most difficult problem that Jean had briefly confronted and been utterly unable to resolve involved the so-called ?free companies.? In 1435, the rise of French military fortunes initiated by Joan reached another important milestone at the Congress of Arras, called to explore the possibility of a peace treaty.

Keywords: Edward III; England; France; French crown; Hundred Years War; Jean; Philip VI

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