Crécy: Battle of Five Kings


Crécy: Battle of Five Kings – ‘Like Crécy itself, this book is a triumph and the tale it tells gives an old story new life.’ BERNARD CORNWELL, bestselling author of The Last Kingdom series

The battle of Crécy in 1346 is one of the most famous and widely studied military engagements in history. The repercussions of this battle were felt for hundreds of years, and the exploits of those fighting reached the status of legend. Yet cutting-edge research has shown that nearly everything that has been written about this dramatic event may be wrong.

In this new study, Michael Livingston reveals how modern scholars have used archived manuscripts, satellite technologies and traditional fieldwork to help unlock what was arguably the battle’s greatest secret: the location of the now quiet fields where so many thousands died.

Crécy: Battle of Five Kings is a story of past and present. It is a new history of one of the most important battles of the Middle Ages: a compelling narrative account that nonetheless adheres to the highest scholarly standards in its detail. It is also an account that incorporates the most cutting-edge revelations and the personal story of how those discoveries were made.

Editorial Review

In the enthralling exploration of ‘Crécy: Battle of Five Kings,’ Michael Livingston challenges historical norms with a detective’s precision. Forget what you thought you knew about the iconic Battle of Crécy; Livingston’s meticulous research unveils a different narrative. He walks the battlefield, revealing it may not be where we thought, and delves into overlooked sources. The result is a gripping narrative that dismantles myths and offers a fresh perspective.

Livingston doesn’t shy away from questioning long-standing beliefs. His approach, rooted in the belief that ‘no one is a fool,’ reshapes our understanding of key figures like Edward III and the Black Prince. The book serves as a captivating journey through the events leading up to Crécy, providing valuable insights into the mindset of the time. It challenges the simplistic view of victory, emphasizing the strategic decisions made for the broader war.

This isn’t a book for those seeking a deep dive into military minutiae. Instead, it offers a compelling narrative that goes beyond battles and weaponry. Livingston’s emphasis on historical detective work adds a layer of intrigue. If you’ve ever found aspects of Crécy’s story inconsistent or enjoy exploring new sources to challenge established narratives, this is a must-read. ‘Crécy: Battle of Five Kings’ is a fascinating journey, passionately told, and a testament to the ever-evolving nature of historical understanding. Don’t miss this captivating exploration that reshapes the way we view one of history’s defining moments.

Crécy Battle of Five Kings by Michael Livingston
Genre: Non-Fiction
Age Range: Adult
Start Rating: 4.5 stars
Publication Date: 9th April 2024

Author: Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston

Michael Livingston

Born in Colorado, Michael Livingston holds degrees in History, Medieval Studies, and English. Currently residing in Charleston, South Carolina, he imparts his knowledge as an educator at The Citadel.

In his literary endeavors, Livingston achieved recognition by winning the esteemed Writers of the Future Contest in 2005. Notably, his novel, “SHARDS OF HEAVEN,” inaugurated a trilogy of historical fantasies published by Tor Books in November 2015. His diverse writing extends from a historical retelling of BEOWULF to a quantum physics narrative in the renowned science journal, NATURE.

On the academic front, Livingston’s intellectual contributions span more than a dozen articles covering topics ranging from early Christianity and Chaucer to James Joyce, J.R.R. Tolkien, and innovative pedagogies. His scholarly pursuits include investigating pre-Columbian European maps of America, discovering unrecorded Anasazi ruins, and delving into the handwriting of fourteenth-century scribes. Serving as the general editor of the Liverpool Historical Casebooks Series, he has curated casebooks on subjects like the Battle of Brunanburh and the Welsh rebel hero Owain Glyndwr.


  • Michael Livingston. (2021).

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