Hundred Years' War

A 19c phrase for the conflict between England and France from 1337 to 1453. Edward III laid claim to the French throne in 1337, adopting the title in 1340, but other issues fuelled the conflict. At first successful in battle, his fortunes were reversed in the second phase, which began in 1369. England regained superiority under Henry V at Harfleur and the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. At the Treaty of Troyes in 1420, Henry's right to the French throne was acknowledged, affirmed by his marriage to Catherine of Valois. England was in control of northern France until 1435; however, this control was weakened in succeeding years, until Normandy was lost in 1450 and Gascony in 1453.

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