We Happy Few

A Short Tour of the Long 100 Years War

  • Tour a range of iconic battlefields, from Agincourt and Crecy, to Patay
  • Enjoy the many delights of Bordeaux, with free time to sample wine or wander its charming streets
  • Visit sites associated with the iconic Joan of Arc in Rouen

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers...” Shakespeare has King Henry V exhort his troops ahead of their victory over the French at Agincourt in 1415. But that battle, romanticised by the Bard, was just one clash in the savage, century-long struggle for supremacy between England and France, in which the English won most of the battles, but fi nally lost the war.

In this wide-ranging tour across some of France’s most beautiful countryside, staying in her historic cities, top medieval historian Dr. Michael Jones leads us through the main events and major battlefi elds of the 100 Years War: Crecy, Patay, Poitiers, Agincourt and Castillon; explaining what happened and why, and considering both the causes and consequences of the conflict.

We also meet some of the fascinating characters whose exploits in the war have since become legendary: Edward III and his Queen, Philippa of Hainault, as well as their son, Edward, the Black Prince; Henry V himself; and Joan of Arc, among others. For lovers of both France and history alike, this tour is simply unmissable.

What's Included

  1. Tour Manager & Guide Lecturer
  2. Meals - Most meals included
  3. Transport - Eurostar to France, return flight to London (UK only) & all local travel
  4. Hand-picked hotels throughout the tour

Shining light on the Dark Ages

The Medieval era was filled with breathtaking artistic achievement spurred on by tremendous religious faith. Alongside the beauty, life could be coarse and cruel; cut short by famine, disease or the religious zeal that spurred on wars that still echo today.

This era is one of the most intriguing yet misrepresented periods of history. Did people really think the world was flat? No, that enduring myth was created by a 19th-century American journalist. Were witches put on trial and burnt at the stake? Yes, but you’d have to wait for the refined Renaissance period to bear witness to that. Travel alongside an expert guide lecturer, and separate fact from fiction in this fascinating period.

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