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A Soldiers' Chronicle of the Hundred Years War: College of Arms Manuscript M9

A Soldiers' Chronicle of the Hundred Years War: College of Arms Manuscript M9
A Soldiers' Chronicle of the Hundred Years War: College of Arms Manuscript M9
This previously unpublished chronicle from the mid-fifteenth century covers the English wars in France from 1415 to 1429. It is highly unusual in that it was written by two soldiers, Peter Basset and Christopher Hanson.William Worcester, secretary to the English commander Sir John Fastolf, also had a hand in it, and it was specifically written for Sir John. The content is unusual, as it includes many lists of individuals serving in the war, and records their presence at battles, naming more than 700 in all. Over half these individuals are French or Scottish, so it would seem that the authors had a particularly detailed knowledge of French military participation. The narrative is important for the English campaigns in Maine in the 1420s in which Fast olf was heavily involved and which otherwise receive little attention in chronicles written on either side of the Channel. The progress of the war is well mapped, with 230 place names mentioned.The chronicle was extensively used in the 16th century by several heralds and by Edward Hall. As a result, it had an influence on Shakespeare.The death of the earl of Salisbury at Orleans in ‘Henry VI Part I’ follows the chronicle closely. The ‘Mirror for Magistrates’ Salisbury narrative is also derived from the chronicle. Another point of interest is that the chronicle is by a scribe who can be identified, and proves to be the only known fifteenth-century account of the war written in England in French,which adds an important linguistic dimension to its study.
Boydell Press
Ambuhl, Remy
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Curry, Anne
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Ambuhl, Remy
32df8780-6465-4f04-b366-55faede4730d
Curry, Anne
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Ambuhl, Remy and Curry, Anne (eds.) (2022) A Soldiers' Chronicle of the Hundred Years War: College of Arms Manuscript M9 , Boydell Press, 430pp.

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Abstract

This previously unpublished chronicle from the mid-fifteenth century covers the English wars in France from 1415 to 1429. It is highly unusual in that it was written by two soldiers, Peter Basset and Christopher Hanson.William Worcester, secretary to the English commander Sir John Fastolf, also had a hand in it, and it was specifically written for Sir John. The content is unusual, as it includes many lists of individuals serving in the war, and records their presence at battles, naming more than 700 in all. Over half these individuals are French or Scottish, so it would seem that the authors had a particularly detailed knowledge of French military participation. The narrative is important for the English campaigns in Maine in the 1420s in which Fast olf was heavily involved and which otherwise receive little attention in chronicles written on either side of the Channel. The progress of the war is well mapped, with 230 place names mentioned.The chronicle was extensively used in the 16th century by several heralds and by Edward Hall. As a result, it had an influence on Shakespeare.The death of the earl of Salisbury at Orleans in ‘Henry VI Part I’ follows the chronicle closely. The ‘Mirror for Magistrates’ Salisbury narrative is also derived from the chronicle. Another point of interest is that the chronicle is by a scribe who can be identified, and proves to be the only known fifteenth-century account of the war written in England in French,which adds an important linguistic dimension to its study.

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In preparation date: 2020
Accepted/In Press date: 5 October 2021
Published date: January 2022

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Local EPrints ID: 429855
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/429855
PURE UUID: 941e60f8-666a-4923-b8d3-eeba8b7a2cf3
ORCID for Anne Curry: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7677-5561

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Date deposited: 08 Apr 2019 16:30
Last modified: 15 Jan 2022 02:38

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