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By Desmond Seward

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For over 100 years England many times invaded France at the pretext that her kings had a correct to the French throne. France used to be a wide, unwieldy country, England was once small and bad, yet for the main half she ruled the battle, sacking cities and castles and successful battles - together with such excellent victories as Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, yet then the English run of luck started to fail, and in 4 brief years she misplaced Normandy and eventually her final stronghold in Guyenne. The protagonists of the Hundred 12 months struggle are one of the such a lot vibrant in ecu background: for the English, Edward III, the Black Prince and Henry V, later immortalized through Shakespeare; for the French, the well suited yet inept John II, who died a prisoner in London, Charles V, who very approximately overcame England and the enigmatic Charles VII, who did finally force the English out. Desmond Seward's account strains the adjustments that resulted in France's ultimate victory and brings to lifestyles all of the intrigue and color of the final chivalric combats as they gave option to a extra brutal smooth battle

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79 Hase, however, says 973 (Leo diac. 488); see Book X, n. 2 for discussion of the date. 80 See Book Χ , η η . 1 , 2 , 9 , and 47. 22 Introduction Thus the sequence of Leo's narrative, while it contains significant errors, differs in important respects from the approach of chronographers. The four specific dates and two regnal lengths clearly reflect his organizational principle, the reigns of emperors. His indications of change of seasons are primarily related to military campaigns, his primary focus, but are used inconsistently and in some instances are totally absent.

Romanos then dispatches Nikephoros Phokas to Asia Minor, where he is said to capture sixty Arab fortresses. , Lenten) deer-hunting expedition that exhausted the emperor, or ("as some say") to poisoning. Leo then describes the decision of the patriarch Polyeuktos and the senate to confer the imperium on Romanos's infant sons Basil and Constantine and their mother Theophano; Nikephoros's intent to seize the imperium himself, but to delay until he has regathered his army; the role of the parakoimomenos Joseph Bringas in opposing Phokas; Phokas's conversation with the patriarch Polyeuktos; and finally the patriarch's speech to the senate, which results in Nikephoros Phokas's reappointment as commander in Asia Minor, to the great displeasure of Joseph Bringas.

481. These are the only instances in which he specifically cites autopsy. 38 Given his indication of student status as late as 968 and hence his relative youth, it is clear that much of what he records was in fact based, not on autopsy, but on reports from others. In thirty-seven instances 39 Leo uses λέγεται ("it is said"), and in fifteen cases4" φασί(ν) ("they say"), to present information. 8). 2: "Some people say (φασί) that he suffered a fatal convulsion as a result... 2: "It is said (λέγεται) that on several previous occasions the Romans came to grief in .

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