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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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‘Centre’, ‘Power’ and ‘Periphery’ in Late Medieval French Historiography: Some Reflections

‘Centre’, ‘Power’ and ‘Periphery’ in Late Medieval French Historiography: Some Reflections

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War, Government and Power in Late Medieval France

Kathleen Daly

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between the ‘centre’ and the ‘periphery’ in fifteenth-century France. It looks at the king's working relationship with those parts that made up his kingdom and discusses two themes underlying Peter Lewis's insights: historiography in late medieval France; and the political relationships and ‘power distribution’ between the king and his subjects. Although the king represented national unity and identity, there were parts of France that demonstrated the centre's healthy sense of independence by asserting themselves in more discrete ways rather than challenging the royal authority directly. The chapter also considers some examples of historical literature written in fifteenth-century France by authors situated either at the ‘centre’ of power (the royal court) or in the household or entourages of great princes. These authors include Noël de Fribois, Mathieu Thomassin, Michel du Bernis, and Perceval de Cagny.

Keywords:   France, centre, periphery, power, king, historiography, Peter Lewis, historical literature, royal court, Mathieu Thomassin

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