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Froissart: The Management Of Chivalric Expectation

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Froissart is the most famous of the medieval chroniclers. His enormous histories of the fourteenth century remain as one of the most important and detailed accounts of the later middle Ages and are one of the best contemporary expositions of chivalric and courtly ideals. This chapter establishes Froissart's popularity and importance as a source before moving on to looking at the 'flavour' of his works. Who was he writing for and what events did he regard as important to his audience. Different case studies from the various editions of Froissarts Chronicles are presented to highlight the role of surprise and deception in a variety of different circumstances and contexts, from accidental encounters in everyday war through to pitched battles. The chapter demonstrates that Froissart does indeed provide very useful insights into many aspects of the warfare in the period.

Keywords: chivalric expectation; Froissart's chronicles; warfare



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