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Jean le Maingre, Maréchal Boucicaut (1364-1421), was the very flower of chivalry. From his earliest years at the royal court in Paris, he distinguished himself in knightly pursuits - sorties against seditious French nobles, ceremonial jousts against the English enemy, crusades in Tunisia and Prussia, courtly verses, the establishment of a chivalric order for the defence of ladies, the Order of the Enterprise of the White Lady of the Green Shield - with such resounding success that he was named Marshal of France at the age of only 27. His biography, one of the most important of a series of chivalric biographies from the end of the Middle Ages, is a paean of praise for a paragon, but it is highly partisan, carefully selective: it glosses over the darker, much less successful, side of his career - his participation in command at the catastrophic Nicopolis crusade, his largely ineffective governor-ship of Genoa - and it comes to an end before his ignominious imprisonment and death after the battle of Agincourt in 1415. This first English translation makes available to a wider audience a text that sheds light on the history of France, on crusading in Prussia and the Mediterranean, and on the complicated politics of Italy and the papacy during the Great Schism; it is a highly important contribution to our understanding of chivalric mentalities and attitudes in late-medieval France. It is presented with an introduction and notes. Dr Craig Taylor is Reader in Medieval History, University of York; Jane H.M. Taylor is Emeritus Professor of French at Durham University.
Number of Pages: 232
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Street Date: November 18, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-44-6359
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