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1330

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January

Edward III ends his minority
February
March
April
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July
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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
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December

1332

January Edward III and Philip VI decide to go on crusade together; plans are slow
February
March
April
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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 III

20: Berwick surrenders

August
September
October
November
December

1334

January French begin harassing the frontiers of Acquitaine; privateers cruise the English coast

With English aid, Balliol reconquers Scotland to Perth, a campaign that goes into the next year. French Men-at-arms fight alongside the Scots nationalists.

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December

1335

January
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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 war

6: 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 Christopher

16: Edward lands on the continent

22: 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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