1330’s

1330

January

Edward III ends his minority

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

Edward III, William Montagu and some other knights seize Roger Mortimer

November

29: Mortimer executed

December

1331

January

February

March

Edward repeats his simple homage for Acquitaine

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1332

January

Edward III and Philip VI decide to go on crusade together; plans are slow

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Scottish Lords chase Balliol to Carlysle and install Archibald Douglas as regent for the absent David II

1333

January

Edward III puts Balliol back of the throne of Scotland, but after he signs a treaty ceding much Scottish land to England, the Scots drive him out again.

February

March

Edward III marches to restore Balliol

April

May

June

July

19: Battle of Halidon Hill: Scots crushed by Edward III20: Berwick surrenders

August

September

October

November

December

1334

January

French begin harassing the frontiers of Acquitaine; privateers cruise the English coastWith English aid, Balliol reconquers Scotland to Perth, a campaign that goes into the next year. French Men-at-arms fight alongside the Scots nationalists.

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

1335

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

Papal envoys arrange a truce between England and Scotland

December

1336

January

Edward is sheltering Robert of Artois, a French rebel, and makes him Earl of Richmond.English pirates are raiding the French coast and shipping.

February

March

The pope announces that Edward and Philip’s crusade is off.

April

May

June

July

The Archbishop of Rouen announces that Philip VI is going to send troops to Scotland.Louis de Nevers, Count of Flanders, starts arresting English merchants

August

Edward places an embargo on English exports of wool to Flanders

September

October

De Nevers imprisons all English merchants; Flemings led by Jacob van Artevelde, correspond with Edward III, offering to aid him against the count, de Nevers.

November

December

1337

January

Edward’s eldest son, Edward of Woodstock (the Black Prince) is made Duke of Cornwall, the first English duke.

February

March

Parliament at Westminster grants Edward’s taxes for war6: Edward creates four new earls: Derby, Salisbury, Northampton, and Huntingdon

April

May

An English embassy to the Low Countires secures alliances with the Duke of Brabant, the Duke of Guelders, the Count of Holland, the Count of Hainault, and a “league” of Flemish cities.24: Philip declares Guyenne (Acquitaine) forfeit to the French crown

June

July

August

September

October

November

10: The Earl of Derby lands at the isle of Cadzand and defeats Flemish mercenaries under Guy, Bastard of Flanders (the count’s brother)

December

Papal legates land in England to talk peace (spending six months) but Edward uses the time to prepare for war.

1338

January

February

March

Portsmouth sacked and burned by French privateer Nicolas Béhuchet; the Channel Islands are also ravaged

April

May

June

Philip suggests making Flanders neutral; Edward agrees.

July

12: Edward sails aboard Christopher16: Edward lands on the continent22: Edward revokes all commissions addressed to the king of France

August

September

at Colbenz the (excommunicated) Holy Roman Emperor Ludwig IV names Edward III vicar-general in the Germanies and the Allemagnies, allowing Edward to demand military service from imperial subjects outside Germany

October

4: Southampton sacked and burned; the attacking fleet carries the first cannon the English have seen; the town’s governance is taken into the crown’s hands

November

December

1339

winter 38-39: the English court is at Antwerp

January

Late in the year, Edward II agrees to take the title King of France to help cement the alliance with the Flemish.At some point in the year, Philip VI issues an ordonnace for the invasion of England and begins assembling an invasion fleet.

February

March

Edward visits Southampton, restores governance to the town and elected officials and orders completion of the town wall.

April

May

June

July

August

September

Edward III assembles an army near Brussels and marches for Vicennnes

October

Edward’s host marches through Vermondais, Saissonaias and Laonnais; Philip’s host is near Pérone; Philip challenges Edward to battle, Edward accepts, but after Edward arrays his army in the chosen place, Philip’s army does not appear. A message arrives from Philip saying he will fight the next day. Edward marches to meet him, but Philip withdraws. Edward’s allies refuse to go on, the campaign ends.

November

12: Edward is back in Antwerp

December

Edward allows wool exports to Flanders and moves the Staple (the official depot where English wool is stored and sold) to Bruges.

 

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