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Philip the Good: The Apogee of Burgundy 1419-1467

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Overview

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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This reissue of Vaughan's seminal series is welcome indeed. Nothing of this scale has been written before or since...on the Burgundian state.... Erudite but highly readable.... An attractive and timely repackaging of an unrivalled classic of Burgundian studies. MEDIUM AEVUM
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851159171
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/30/2004
  • Series: History of Valois Burgundy Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 516
  • Sales rank: 1,012,650
  • 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
1 Burgundy, England and France: 1419-35 1
2 Conquest and Expansion: 1420-33 29
3 The Critical Decade: 1430-40 54
4 Burgundy, France and England: 1435-49 98
5 The Duke and his Court 127
6 The Government at Work 164
7 Philip the Good and the Church 205
8 Economic Affairs 239
9 The Mediterranean, Luxembourg and the Empire: 1440-54 268
10 The Ghent War: 1449-53 303
11 Burgundy, France and the Crusade: 1454-64 334
12 The Close of the Reign: 1464-7 373
Bibliography 401
Index 435
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