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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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History and the Literature of War: The Boke of Noblesse of William Worcester

History and the Literature of War: The Boke of Noblesse of William Worcester

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(p.92) 6 History and the Literature of War: The Boke of Noblesse of William Worcester
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War, Government and Power in Late Medieval France
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Christopher Allmand

Maurice Keen

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236955.003.0006

William Worcester wrote the Boke of Noblesse to offer his thoughts on how best to overcome the despondency experienced by England at a particularly difficult time after the long war with France. Dedicated to Edward IV, the polemical text, which belonged to the category of war literature, sought to explain the country's defeat at the hands of the French while also calling for a recovery of English possessions lost during the war. Worcester, who also emphasised the need for a ruler who would provide personal leadership to help restore the monarchy to its historic glory, was trying to encourage Englishmen to get rid of their dejection and instead fight with a good hope of success.

Keywords:   William Worcester, Boke of Noblesse, England, war, France, monarchy, Edward IV, war literature

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