War, Government and Power in Late Medieval France

BookWar, Government and Power in Late Medieval France

War, Government and Power in Late Medieval France


November 1st, 2000

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The essays in this volume portray the public life of late medieval France as that country established its position as a leader of western European society in the early modern world. A central theme is the contribution made by contemporary writers, chroniclers and commentators, such as Jean Froissart, William Worcester and Philippe de Commynes, to our understanding of the past. Who were they? What picture of their times did they present? Were their works intended to influence their contemporaries and what success did they enjoy? Other contributions deal with the exercise of political power, the relationship between the court and those in authority in far-flung reaches of the kingdom, and the role and status of the death penalty as deterrent, punishment and means of achieving justice.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
1: From the Court of Hainault to the Court of England: The Example of Jean Froissart17
2: Froissart and his Second Book37
3: Alain Chartier and the Arts of Crisis Management, 1417-142953
4: Intellectual Patterns and Affective Reactions in Defence of the Dauphin Charles, 1419-142270
5: War, Propaganda and Diplomacy in Fifteenth-Century France and England86
6: History and the Literature of War: The Boke of Noblesse of William Worcester108
7: Commynes on Kingship122
8: ‘Centre’, ‘Power’ and ‘Periphery’ in Late Medieval French Historiography: Some Reflections140
9: Centre and Periphery in Late Medieval France: Tournai, 1384-1477161
10: ‘Decayed Feudalism’ and ‘Royal Clienteles’: Royal Office and Magnate Service in the Fifteenth Century191
11: Justification and Theory of the Death Penalty at the Parlement of Paris in the Late Middle Ages206
12: Membra disjecta of the Breton Chambre des Comptes in the Late Middle Ages: Treasures Revisited and Rediscovered225