How Did The Hundred Years War Continue So Long

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The hundred Years war was caused initially by disputes over the duchy of Aquitaine. A disagreement over who would succeed to the French crown was another cause of the Hundred Years War. After the death of King Charles IV his closest surviving relative was Edward III king of England which was considered enemy of France. The French elected to the throne King Philip VI. Edwards accepted the decision but later claimed the title of King of France which started the Hundred Years War. (Levack, Muir, & Veldman, 2011) Why did the war continue for so long? "The Hundred Years War (1337-1453) was not a continuous war, but a series of occasional pitched battles, punctuated by long truces and periods of general exhaustion".(Levack, Muir, & Veldman, p. 347)

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