The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea, headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as for rendezvous with discretion.
War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
Money was the crux. Raising money to pay the cost of war was to cause more damage to 14th century society than the physical destruction of war itself.
Business, like a jackal, trotted on the heels of war.
The social damage was not in the failure but in the undertaking, which was expensive. The cost of war was the poison running through the 14th century.
The Hundred Years' War, like the crises of the Church in the same period, broke apart medieval unity.