Anglo-French War, 1542-1546

A.) Prehistory

King Henry VIII. allied himself with Emperor Charles V., who was at was with France (A HREF = "frspan15421544.html">Franco-Habsburg War 1542-1544). France, on the other hand, was allied with Scotland (Anglo-Scottish War 1542-1549).

B.) The War

English forces took Boulogne in 1544 and held on to it in the peace of 1546. In 1545 the English fleet prevented a French invasion. The war cost England 2,000,000 Pounds.

C.) The Legacy

During the following three years of peace, numerous skirmishes took place near Boulogne. The French retook the port city in the next Anglo-French War, 1549-1550.

Anglo-French Wars, from British Battles
Article Henry VIII, from EB 1911
Grands Moments de l'Histoire de Boulogne-sur-mer, in French
DOCUMENTS Ambroise Pare, The Journey to Boulogne 1545, from Harvard Classics
The Siege of Boulogne by Henry VIII. 1544, from History of Tents
REFERENCE Kurt Kluxen, Geschichte Englands, Stuttgart : Kröner, 2nd edition, 1976

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First posted on February 20th 2004, last revised on November 17th 2004

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