William Marshal: The Flower of Chivalry

William Marshal: The Flower of Chivalry

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by Georges Duby

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Recreates in detail the life of this advisor to the Plantagnets and knight extraordinaire. See more details below


Recreates in detail the life of this advisor to the Plantagnets and knight extraordinaire.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``I am not writing the history of events,'' states Duby, a distinguished French scholar (The Age of the Cathedrals, etc.). ``I want to try to see the world the way these men saw it.'' He succeeds brilliantly, in this chronicle of a humble knight who rose through military prowess and royal favor to become Earl of Pembroke in the turbulent epoch of the late 12th and early 13th centuries. Duby gets inside his subject's skin, helping us to comprehend the complex chivalric value system. He vividly recreates a world in which loyalty, valor and generosity were the principal virtues, in which the individual defined himself (women were barely considered human beings) in terms of his connections and obligationsto his lord, to his family, to his vassals. Duby is a superb writerelegant, concise and insightful and Howard's translation does him justice. This brief account sheds great light on the shadowy medieval universe. Reader's Subscription selection. January 1
Library Journal - Library Journal
William ``the Marshal'' (c. 1145-1219), knight, tournament champion, royal household official, warrior, Earl of Pembroke, regent of England, was in his day a paragon of chivalry. In the 1220s William's son commissioned a Histoire of that life and career. This text, discovered and published in the late 1800s by Paul Meyer, was the basis of Sidney Painter's 1933 biography. Now renowned French medievalist Duby explores it not for events, but for its witness to chivalric culture in the minds of the participants themselves. The understanding of William's life given by the author of the Histoire thus serves Duby as an exemplum for interpretive glosses on loyalty, family, generosity, love, leadership, and conflict among late 12th-century aristocrats. Duby's historiographic and rhetorical brilliance will enlighten knowledgeable readers but may disorient others. For college and other history collections. Richard C. Hoffmann, History Dept., York Univ., Downsview, Ontario

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