Edward III’s siege of Calais: A reappraisal

  title={Edward III’s siege of Calais: A reappraisal},
  author={Craig L. Lambert},
  journal={Journal of Medieval History},
  pages={245 - 256}
In September 1346, Edward III brought his victorious army to the gates of Calais to begin a siege that over 12 months developed into the largest military operation conducted by the English on French soil during the fourteenth century. It is also perhaps the least understood campaign of Edward III's reign, because of the loss of the army pay records. We know from chronicles that the men of Calais conducted a heroic defence of their town, and we know too that the English created and maintained an… Expand
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During the 1342 Brittany campaign, Edward encountered several problems with regard to maritime and transportation issues
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For the importance of Calais both as an entry and exit port and as a strategic garrison sandwiched between Normandy and Picardy on one side and the Low Countries on the other
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Chronicles written during the Crusades also note this kind of operation. See, for example
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39, notes that a man might take up arms for a variety of reasons, but underlying all of those was 'a mentality shaped by the deep-seated attitudes of a traditional warrior class
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A glimpse of late fourteenth-century ships and seamen from Le Songe du vieil pélerin of Philippe de Mézières', Mariners Mirror
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