Lead: Three great battles framed the Hundred Years’ War.  Crécy, Poitiers,  and Agincourt. For most of the rest of the time, the war was a series of lightening cavalry raids and cross-channel forays painful but not really decisive. Not in 1346 and not at Crécy.  

            Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

            Content: When King Philip VI of France expropriated the vast territories of English King Edward III in France in the 1330s, the Frenchman provoked what has come to be known as the Hundred Years’ War. Even though he had a powerful claim to the French throne himself, Edward was content to forgo those claims and swear allegiance to Philip as his liege Lord. After all, even though Edward was King of England, he still owned, by right of inheritance, Aquitaine, a huge swath of territory in southwestern France. When Philip grabbed his land, Edward reached out for Aquitaine by asserting his own claim to be King of France.

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