Crecy 1346 : A Tourist's Guide
On 26 August 1346, near the village of Crecy 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 Crecy 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.
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.
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