Thank you for these great lectures, they have been extremely educational. I was wondering if you could provide some references pertaining to the Hundred Years War and how it contributed to the growth of central governments in England and France. This seems to be a critical point in history in this regard, and one where governments were able to use a crisis to expand power significantly–i.e., taxation, standing/mercenary armies, growing bureaucratic apparatus generally, nationalism, etc. Perhaps this also laid the groundwork for further centralization after the war. Any comments would be appreciated, and perhaps (as mentioned above) some suggested readings on this topic, if there are any. Thank you very much.
There’s a very cheap PB edition of Froissart. When I was in college, Barbara Tuchman wrote a very popular book on the 14th century called A DISTANT MIRROR. I remember finding it slightly dull, but other people I knew thought she was a wonderful writer.