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‘Fighting Over The Bear’s Skin’: The Invasion Of France (1544)

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The year 1544 was dominated by the great concerted campaign ostensibly designed by the Habsburgs and the English to crush France by a joint invasion. The Emperor was on his guard in the early months against Henry's being diverted by affairs of Scotland and also of the danger the French might use a 'practique' to divert Henry from their common enterprise. From fragmentary mentions, it seems possible that Langey had sent or brought a present of wine to Henry accompanied by a letter from Francis, dated at Saint-Germain, 9 May, expressing surprise that Henry should be his enemy in view of their past friendship. The Duke took nearly a month from his landing at Calais to begin the siege of Montreuil. MacMahon rightly stressed that the sieges of Montreuil and Boulogne were equally important for Henry, both suggesting the advantage of a useful extension of the security of English territory.

Keywords: Boulogne; France; Habsburgs; Henry; Montreuil; Scotland



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