The Middle Ages

The Hundred Years' War

The Hundred Years' War was a series of conflicts between England and France that came to be called The Hundred Years' War. At first the English armies did well, winning most of the battles. After over one hundred years of fighting, a teenage peasant girl named Joan of Arc rallied the French troops. Although the English eventually captured and killed Joan, it was too late. The French drove the English from their country in 1453. The results of the war had changed the governments of England and France. In England, Parliaments power increased because the king needed parliaments approval to raise money for the costly war. As Parliament's grew; while the king lost power. But in France the king's power grew. During the war, the king had become popular with his nobles. Fighting England had created a bond between them. As a result, the king got support from his nobles after the war.