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Trouble with the neighbours

If you know someone called Carter, Francis or Mortimer, then you know someone with French origins. ese are just three of the hundreds of common ‘English’ names with their roots in Normandy. British history is entwined with that of our neighbours across the English Channel (la Manche to our Gallic cousins). But nothing so epitomises the endlessly uneasy relationship between England and France as the Hundred Years’ War (p28. England eventually lost – but had it not been for a freak storm in 1360, who knows how things might have panned out?

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About History Revealed

Find out how close the King of England came to conquering medieval France, as we take a look at the Hundred Years' War. Was bad weather really to blame for the English defeat? Elsewhere, uncover the shocking true story of the Nazi spies who managed to infiltrate New York, and meet the man who inspired The Mummy villain, Imhotep. Plus, don't miss out on the FREE pull-out magazine inside, which investigates the 50 greatest mysteries in history - from the Stonehenge to the Princes in the Tower.