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War, Government and Power in Late Medieval France$
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Christopher Allmand

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236955

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314421

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Froissart and his Second Book

Froissart and his Second Book

(p.21) 2 Froissart and his Second Book
War, Government and Power in Late Medieval France

Peter Ainsworth

Liverpool University Press

Jean Froissart's Second Book recounts the events that took place between 1378 and 1385 in the Low Countries, including the Flemish Revolt and its suppression, and offers a critique of contemporary chivalry and royal tyranny. Froissart may have finished Book II by the end of 1387, but it is not clear when he actually started it (c. 1376?). Book II was partially translated into Modern French under the title Chroniques de Flandre, de Hainaut et d'Artois au temps de la Guerre de Cent Ans, in which Froissart appears to sympathise with the rebels of Ghent. In his recent study of Froissart's poetry and prose, Michel Zink has suggested that the volumes of the Chroniques must be revisited as they normally appear on the library shelf, arguing that it is the most fruitful way to address the book.

Keywords:   Jean Froissart, Book II, Low Countries, Flemish Revolt, chivalry, rebels, tyranny, Ghent, Michel Zink

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