Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's Laws: Perspectives on the Law of War in the Later Middle Ages / Edition 1

Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's Laws: Perspectives on the Law of War in the Later Middle Ages / Edition 1

by Theodor Meron
     
 


Shakespeare's Henry V has traditionally been acclaimed for its impressive depiction of the psychological and political impact of warfare, and it remains one of the most widely-discussed plays in the canon. In this highly original, scholarly, and thought-provoking study Professor Meron uses rare medieval ordinances and other medieval and RenaissanceSee more details below

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Shakespeare's Henry V has traditionally been acclaimed for its impressive depiction of the psychological and political impact of warfare, and it remains one of the most widely-discussed plays in the canon. In this highly original, scholarly, and thought-provoking study Professor Meron uses rare medieval ordinances and other medieval and Renaissance historical and legal sources to provide challenging new contexts for Shakespeare's famous play. The result is a gripping account of how Henry V and other 'Histories' dramatically articulated complex medieval and Renaissance attitudes to warfare and the conduct of nations and individuals in time of war. The author uses the play and the campaign itself as a frame for the examination of the medieval laws of war, and examines stability and change in attitudes towards the laws of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198258117
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
1Introduction1
2The Legal Environment7
3The War of Rights: Just War - Jus ad Bellum and Jus in Bello17
4Declarations of War and Truce Agreements47
5Responsibility of Princes64
6The Siege of Harfleur and Treatment of Occupied Territory: The Limits of Protection75
7Henry's Challenge to the Dauphin: The Duel that Never Was and Games of Chivalry131
8Medieval and Renaissance Ordinances of War: Codifying Discipline and Humanity142
9Agincourt: Prisoners of War, Reprisals, and Necessity154
10Heralds, Ambassadors, and the Treaty of Troyes172
11Rebels191
12Conclusions208
Index217

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