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Crecy 1346 (ePub)

A Tourists’ Guide

Medieval History Battlefield Guidebooks

By Richard Barber, Peter Hoskins
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 54.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781473897755
eBook Released: 19th September 2016

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On 26 August 1346, near the village of Crécy in northern France, Edward III’s outnumbered English army confronted the French forces of Philip VI and won one of the most remarkable battles of the Hundred Years War. Edward’s victory had a major impact on the course of the conflict, and it ranks alongside Poitiers and Agincourt as a landmark in the history of medieval warfare. And now, thanks to this detailed, highly illustrated guide, visitors can explore the battlefield for themselves and retrace the entire course of the Crécy campaign.
Peter Hoskins and Richard Barber set Edward’s victory within the context of the Hundred Years War and provide a graphic account of the battle. They include practical information to guide the motorist, cyclist and walker as well as descriptions of buildings, sites and monuments surviving from the period.
The book is a mine of fascinating historical information, and it is based on the most recent scholarship and research. It will be an essential travelling companion for readers who are interested in medieval history and warfare.

If you wish to follow all or part of the campaign, this is a very good buy.

Slingshot

I was unsure what to expect from this publication, but have been pleasantly surprised at the amount of historical information alongside detailed tour routes for drivers, cyclists and those on foot. There is a section that gives specific advice for tourists followed by a fairly detailed history of the Hundred Years' War, before six chapters on six tours taking the tourist from Edward III's landing in St Vaast le Hougue to his arrival in Calais. The final tour gives a detailed description of the battlefield at Crécy, along with detailed information regarding the battle, how to access the area, what to see, maps and where to stay and eat. There are highlighted sections including descriptions of the opposing armies and the longbow.

Each tour chapter commences with a more detailed historical account for that section and is illustrated with colour images and maps, followed by detailed descriptions of the routes to take for drivers, cyclists and hikers. Highlighted boxes give precise information regarding tracks and conditions and suggestions for alternative routes should these be impassable on foot or bicycle. The reader is then treated to detailed descriptions of what to see en route, concentrating on buildings that were in existence when Edward III passed through. These are accompanied by numerous colour illustrations. Recommended maps to assist on each tour are noted. The authors also give information on how to access the mentioned places on each tour by public transport and give websites for information on where to stay and eat.

There is a short index of names and places and a further reading list. All in all, a very informative book and a useful guide for the tourist whether driving, cycling or hiking.

Friends of the National Archives

This book does exactly what it says on the tin. Profusely illustrated throughout with many photographs in colour, this book will be an indispensable guide to anyone planning a trip to follow the campaign of Crecy across Northern France.

Highly recommended.

Battlefields Trust Magazine

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History of Royals, March 2017

This is a perfectly formed little guidebook with just the right balance of history, tourist information and maps, all supporting a selection of Crecy campaign itineraries. This latest medieval offering has all of the classic components that make a useful guidebook, not least, an easy to follow and engaging narrative, GPS coordinates for key points and map sheet numbers for those battlefield travellers who like to be 100% certain of their location. Like Edward’s campaign plan, everything is just right.

Despatches, Winter 2016 - magazine of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides

Crecy 1346: A Tourists' Guide is a neat concept. It looks exactly like a traditional tourist guidebook, such as those published for Disney World, or various cities and attractions around the world. Inside are photos, maps and directions guiding the reader on their travels.

The difference is that this guidebook focuses not on restaurants and the birthplaces of dead poets but on the route of the English army across northern France, and the environs of the battlefield at Crecy. Instead of advice for the best place to stand while watching the light parade, it offers advice on where to go to see the places important to the campaign.

Read the full review here.

Miniature Wargaming +

Peter Hoskins and Richard Barber set Edward III’s victory within the context of the Hundred Years War and provide a graphic account of the battle. They include practical information to guide the motorist, cyclist and walker as well as descriptions of buildings, sites and monuments surviving from the period.

The book is a mine of fascinating historical information, and it is based on the most recent scholarship and research. It will be an essential travelling companion for readers who are interested in medieval history and warfare.

Pennant, Forces Pension Society

With more and more people opting to visit the various battlefields of the first world war, these tourist guides from Pen and Sword are absolutely invaluable.

Books Monthly, November 2016 – reviewed by Paul Norman
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