Lead: During the Hundred Years' War England and France mobilized public opinion for the war effort to an extent seldom known before.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: The enormous requirements of conducting a war far from home on French soil forced the English to aggressively whip up public support. Prior to this time warfare was conducted on a smaller scale and along feudal lines. Feudal society was highly structured, much like a pyramid with the king at the top and peasants at the bottom. When war came the king would call on the next rank down for men and money. At the next rank, his barons would do the same to their knights and so on down the pyramid of feudal obligation. That is the way it worked in theory at least. Often the barons were far stronger the king which is why France was in trouble. During the Hundred Years' War much of the French aristocracy supported the English invader. Therefore each side had a motive for seeking widespread popular support: the English to maintain armies across the channel, the French to prosecute what was basically a civil war.

 

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