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Author Small, Graeme, 1963-

Title George Chastelain and the shaping of Valois Burgundy : political and historical culture at court in the fifteenth century / Graeme Small.

Published Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY, USA : Royal Historical Society : Boydell Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  944.4025 SMAL    AVAILABLE
Physical description 302 pages ; 25 cm.
Series Royal Historical Society studies in history. New series, 0269-2244.
Royal Historical Society studies in history. New series. 0269-2244.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-292) and index.
Contents 1. Origins and Early Career (c. 1414-1446) -- 2. The Courtier (1446-1475) -- 3. The Chronicler and Indiciaire -- 4. The Making of the Chronicle -- 5. Reading the Chronicle -- 6. The Audience of the Chronicle -- App. 1. The manuscripts: a codicological survey -- App. 2. An anomalous work and its context.
Summary Chastelain's chronicle and career supply the context for a reappraisal of the political aspirations of Philip the Good and Charles th Bold, 15c dukes of Burgundy.
Few texts offer as many insights into the history of Valois Burgundy as the work of George Chastelain (c. 1414-1475), official chronicler to the dukes Philip the Good and Charles the Bold. Chastelain, a masted courtier, closely observed his masters' authority in the many dominions they ruled in the Low Countries and France, and the role they played in the political life of neighbouring kingdoms and principalities and in Christendom as a whole. This is the first historical study of Chastelain in over half a century. An account of his life and career is followed by a study of the chronicle, Chastelain's interpretation within it of ducal actions and aspirations, and the role it played in the historical culture of the governing classes in the Netherlands after the death of the last duke in 1477. Overall, Dr Small offers a complete reappraisal of the political ambitions of the ducal elite, particularly with regard to the supposed evolution of the ducal dominions into a 'Burgundian state' quite distinct from the Kingdom of France.
Subject Chastellain, Georges, 1405?-1475. Chronique.
Political culture -- France -- Burgundy -- History -- 15th century.
Burgundy (France) -- History -- House of Valois, 1363-1477.
Burgundy (France) -- Historiography.
Burgundy (France) -- Court and courtiers -- History -- 15th century.
ISBN 0861932374 (acid-free paper)