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The Hundred Years War was a long complicated war with its roots in political struggles the want of Kings and the people of their nations to expand territory and to take territory that they believe is theirs This war lasted more than a century from 1337-1453 and was a actually a series of wars broken only temporarily by treaties doomed to fail The English king controlled much of France particularly in the fertile South These lands had come under control of the English when Eleanor of Aquitaine heiress to the region married King Henry II of England in the mid-12th century There was constant bickering along the French-English frontier and the French kings always had to fear an English invasion from the South Between Flanders in the North and the English in the South they were caught in between the two English colonies The French responded by doing the same to the English They allied with the Scots in an arrangement that persisted well into the 18th century Thus the English faced the French from the south and the Scots from the north The French trap would only work if the French could invade England across the English Channel Besides England could support their Flemish allies only if they could send aid across the North Sea and moreover English trade was dependent upon the free flow of naval traffic through the Channel Consequently the French continually tried to gain the upper hand at sea and the English constantly resisted them Both sides commissioned what would have been pirates if they had not been operating with royal permission to prey upon each others shipping and there were frequent naval clashes in those constricted waters The last son of King Philip IV the fair died in 1328 and the direct male line of the Capetians finally ended after almost 350 years Philip had had a daughter however This daughter Isabelle had married King Edward
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