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What caused the Hundred Years' War? 

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treybengals | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted October 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM via web

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What caused the Hundred Years' War? 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 31, 2012 at 3:56 PM (Answer #1)

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There were two major causes of the Hundred Years’ War, one economic and one political.

On the polititcal side, there was conflict between the king of England and the king of France.  The king of England was officially a vassal of the king of France because he was also the duke of Gascony in France.  But the English king felt himself equal to the French king and did not like being treated as a vassal.

Economically, there was an issue with wool and Flanders.  France was intervening in a conflict in Flanders, which was the main market for English wool.  England feared that France would come to control Flanders and thereby ruin the English wool trade.

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