Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Froissart’s Chronicles

Froissart’s Chronicles are a historical and fairly factually accurate account of the Hundred Years’ War that was written by  court historian Jean Froissart.  This chronology begins with the 1326 deposition of Edward II.  The chronicle depict events up until 1400 and range in geography from the British Isles to North Africa.

Modern research has revealed some inaccuracies of this work, but, for centuries this work has been recognized as extremely revealing  of the chivalric culture of 14th century England and France.  The battle descriptions can be repetitive at times and cover obscure aspects of the subjects discussed.  That being said, they are still very lively and engaging.

While most of the chronicles focus on the chivalric events that occurred in the ongoing wars between England and France, Book II does provide extensive information on the popular revolts that occurred throughout Western Europe.  This book also goes into detail with respect to the effect of the wars on the local economies and the society at large.

That portion of Book 1 of Froissart’s Chronicles that pertains to the Battle of Cercy may be read here:

 

http://www.bartleby.com/35/1/110.html

A reconstruction of this battle may be seen here:

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