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The Hundred Years War was a long complicated war withits roots in political struggles the want of Kings and the people oftheir nations to expand territory and to take territory that they believeis theirs This war lasted more than a century from 1337-1453 andwas a actually a series of wars broken only temporarily by treatiesThe English king controlled much of France particularly inthe fertile South These lands had come under control of the Englishwhen Eleanor of Aquitaine heiress to the region married King HenryII of England in the mid-12th century There was constant bickeringalong the French-English frontier and the French kings always had tofear an English invasion from the South Between Flanders in the Northand the English in the South they were caught in between the twoThe French responded by doing the same to the EnglishThey allied with the Scots in an arrangement that persisted well into the18th century Thus the English faced the French from the south and theThe French trap would only work if the French could invadeEngland across the English Channel Besides England could supporttheir Flemish allies only if they could send aid across the North Seaand moreover English trade was dependent upon the free flow ofnaval traffic through the Channel Consequently the French continuallytried to gain the upper hand at sea and the English constantly resistedthem Both sides commissioned what would have been pirates if theyhad not been operating with royal permission to prey upon each othersshipping and there were frequent naval clashes in those constrictedThe last son of King Philip IV the fair died in 1328 and thedirect male line of the Capetians finally ended after almost 350 yearsPhilip had had a daughter however This daughter Isabelle hadmarried King Edward II of England but her and a group of barons hadmurdered him because they thought he was incompetent So EdwardIII their son was declared king of England He was therefore Philipsgrandson and successor in a direct line through Philips daughter
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