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The War In France, 1545–1546

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The year 1545, rather than seeing a running down of the war, saw both sides prepared to throw the dice again; conflict was racheted up on several fronts. This was also the first year since 1492 in which England found itself locked in conflict with France (and Scotland) without the help of allies, this time, though, beleaguered on several fronts. The French were likely to take the initiative; Henry VIII held Boulogne and to some extent the advantage in Scotland and the only way to disturb the status quo was for France to attack. Surrey's main preoccupation over the winter was the isolation of the French fortress of Outreau. The appointment of Hertford as Henry's Lieutenant beyond the seas signalled a more determined approach; the Earl had the calibre to take matters in hand and stop the rot.

Keywords: Boulogne; England; France; Hertford; Scotland; Surrey



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