Introduction The contending kingdoms: France and England 1420-1700

Richardson, Glenn (2008) Introduction The contending kingdoms: France and England 1420-1700. In: Richardson, Glenn, (ed.) The Contending Kingdoms: England and France 1420-1700. Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 1-22. ISBN 9780754657897

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[Book description]: The kingdoms of France and England were for many centuries military, economic, cultural and colonial rivals. This is particularly true of the early modern period which witnessed the rise of French military hegemony and the expansion of English commerce. Dealing with the period 1450-1700, this collection offers a snapshot of Anglo-French relations across the three centuries from established historians and younger scholars from France, Britain and Luxembourg.Based broadly on 'diplomatic' history, but incorporating wider perspectives from cultural and social or gender history; each essay uncovers the fascinating and complex arrangements that characterize Anglo-French relations in this period. Competition and hostility between the two kingdoms there certainly was, but it took a surprising variety of forms and often proved intellectually productive for one side or the other and sometimes for both. The chapters mix treatments of broad themes and particular circumstances or individuals and each makes specific comparisons with French and English experience across the early-modern period. In so doing they elaborate and go beyond the evidence of Anglo-French hostility to explore evidence of political co-operation and cultural influences, highlighting just how close early modern England's connections with France were, even at times of crisis.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: REF2014 Anglo-French relations; Diplomatic history; England, History, 1420-1700; France, History, 1420-1700
Subjects: 900 History & geography > 940 History of Europe
School/Department: School of Education, Theology and Leadership
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 15:07
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2012 15:05


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