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Chivalry and the Ideals of Knighthood in France during the Hundred Years War
     

Chivalry and the Ideals of Knighthood in France during the Hundred Years War

by Craig Taylor
 

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Craig Taylor's study examines the wide-ranging French debates on the martial ideals of chivalry and knighthood during the period of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Faced by stunning military disasters and the collapse of public order, writers and intellectuals carefully scrutinized the martial qualities expected of knights and soldiers. They questioned when

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Craig Taylor's study examines the wide-ranging French debates on the martial ideals of chivalry and knighthood during the period of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Faced by stunning military disasters and the collapse of public order, writers and intellectuals carefully scrutinized the martial qualities expected of knights and soldiers. They questioned when knights and men-at-arms could legitimately resort to violence, the true nature of courage, the importance of mercy, and the role of books and scholarly learning in the very practical world of military men. Contributors to these discussions included some of the most famous French medieval writers, led by Jean Froissart, Geoffroi de Charny, Philippe de Mézières, Honorat Bovet, Christine de Pizan, Alain Chartier and Antoine de La Sale. This interdisciplinary study sets their discussions in context, challenging modern, romantic assumptions about chivalry and investigating the historical reality of debates about knighthood and warfare in late medieval France.

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"Debates about medieval chivalry will continue, but Taylor's book will take its place among the essential contributions to the field."
Rory Cox, English Historical Review

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ISBN-13:
9781107042216
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2013
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Craig Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of York. A fellow of both the Société de l'Histoire de France and the Royal Historical Society, his publications include Debating the Hundred Years War (2007) and Joan of Arc, La Pucelle (2006).

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