Lead: From 1337 to 1459 England and France struggled to determine the future of the French monarchy. France won but only barely.

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

Content: Both England and France suffered terribly during a century of intermittent warfare and conflict. Thousands of soldiers and civilians on both sides were slaughtered as a result of England's dynastic pursuit of the French Crown. Hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile French farmland were laid waste by armies tramping back and forth in various campaigns. The French economy was in shambles with heavy taxation and defeat adding to social chaos and disruption.

 

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