Books interview: Edward III and the triumph of England

Richard Barber is the author of a new book exploring the reign of Edward III and the crucial victory over the French army at Crécy in 1346. He spoke to Matt Elton about the king's strengths as a ruler and a strategist, and the reasons why he struggled later in his reign

"The important thing about the battle of Crécy is that Edward was clearly, in my view, using tactics and weapons that had never been seen on a battlefield before," says Richard Barber. (Photo by Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images)

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