Philip the Good: The Apogee of Burgundy 1419-1467

Philip the Good: The Apogee of Burgundy 1419-1467

by Richard Vaughan, Graeme Small (introduction)
     
 

ISBN-10: 0851159176

ISBN-13: 9780851159171

Pub. Date: 04/30/2004

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

Under Philip the Good, grandson of the founder of the duchy's power, Burgundy reached its apogee. Professor Vaughan portrays not only Philip the Good himself, perhaps the most attractive personality among the four great dukes, but the workings of the court and of one of the most efficent - if not necessarily the most popular - administrations in fifteenth-century…  See more details below

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Under Philip the Good, grandson of the founder of the duchy's power, Burgundy reached its apogee. Professor Vaughan portrays not only Philip the Good himself, perhaps the most attractive personality among the four great dukes, but the workings of the court and of one of the most efficent - if not necessarily the most popular - administrations in fifteenth-century Europe. The complex diplomatic history of Philip the Good's long ducal reign (1419-1467) occupies much of the book, in particular Burgundy's relations with England and France. The central theme is Philip the Good's policy of territorial and personal aggrandisement, which culminated in his negotiations with the Holy Roman Emperor for a crown. And due attention is given to the great flowering of artistic life in Burgundy which made Philip's court at Dijon an important cultural centre in the period immediately preceding the Renaissance. All this is based on the close study of the considerable surviving archives of Philip's civil service, and on the chronicles and letters of the period. Philip the Good provides a definitive study of the life and times of the ruler whose position and achievements made him the greatest magnate in Europe during what has been called "the Burgundian century".

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780851159171
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
04/30/2004
Series:
History of Valois Burgundy Series
Edition description:
New
Pages:
516
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
A Note on Coinage and Moneys of Account
Introduction to the 2002 edition
1Burgundy, England and France: 1419-351
2Conquest and Expansion: 1420-3329
3The Critical Decade: 1430-4054
4Burgundy, France and England: 1435-4998
5The Duke and his Court127
6The Government at Work164
7Philip the Good and the Church205
8Economic Affairs239
9The Mediterranean, Luxembourg and the Empire: 1440-54268
10The Ghent War: 1449-53303
11Burgundy, France and the Crusade: 1454-64334
12The Close of the Reign: 1464-7373
Bibliography401
Index435

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