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S.M. Stirling

England did have a chance of winning the 100 Years War in Henry V's time -- if he'd lived longer, or if Joan hadn't restored French morale.

The problem with that is that it doesn't mean England ruling France, it means France ruling England, after a generation or two. For the same reason that James I becoming King of England meant England ruling Scotland, not vice versa: the monarch goes where the wealth is. James was a Scotsman; his son was English, and regarded Scotland as a barbarian hinterland. The gap between 15th-century England and France was similar; there were single French provinces as populous and wealthy as England.

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