Between France and England: Politics, Power and Society in Late Medieval Brittany

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  • Copyright: 2003-08-28
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'Between France and England' characterises the role played by most rulers of the duchy of Brittany during the late Middle Ages, before it was finally united with Valois France. These essays (including three appearing for the first time in English) explore political and institutional aspects of the changing relationship between France and Brittany, within the context of Anglo-French relations, as well as social consequences of the development of a largely autonomous state within the larger French kingdom during a period dominated by war and economic crisis. The transformation of medieval France into an early modern state changed the traditional relationship between the king and his great feudal princes. But some princes reacted by imitating the crown, creating their own more advanced administrations and an ideological base for claims to exercise 'regal rights' within their lordships, often expressed in striking visual and symbolic form. These trends are evident in the late medieval duchy of Brittany where the Montfort dynasty all but succeeded in nullifying royal control.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
I Tradition, History and the French: A Case of Tunnel Vision 1(1)
Tradition, History and the French: A Case of Tunnel Vision, Inaugural Lecture, University of Nottingham, 18 February 1993
II The Capetians and Brittany 1(104)
Historical Research 63, no. 150.Oxford, 1990
III Nantes au début de la guerre civile en Bretagne 105
Villes, bonnes villes, cités et capitales. Etudes d'histoire urbaine (XIIe-XVIIIe siècle) offertes à Bernard Chevalier, ed. Monique Bourin. Tours: Université François Rabelais, 1989
IV Ancenis, Froissant and the Beginnings of the War of Succession in Brittany (1341) 1(98)
Originally published as 'Ancenis, Froissant et le début de la guerre de succession en Bretagne (1341); in Mémoires de la Société d'Histoire et d Archéologie de Bretagne 77. Rennes, 1999, pp. 91-102
V Edward III's Captains in Brittany 99(116)
England in the Fourteenth Century, ed. W.M. Ormrod. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 1986
VI Politics, Sanctity and the Breton State: The Case of the Blessed Charles de Blois, Duke of Brittany (d.1364) 215
The Medieval State: Essays Presented to James Campbell, ed. J.R. Maddicott and D.M. Palliser. London/Rio Grande: The Hambledon Press, 2000
VII Between France and England: Jeanne de Navarre, Duchess of Brittany and Queen of England (1368-1437) 1(772)
Originally published as Entre la France et l'Angleterre: Jeanne de Navarre, duchesse de Bretagne et reine d Ángleterre (1368-1437)', Autour de Marguerite d'Ecosse. Reines, princesses et dames du X Ve siècle. Actes du colloque de Thouars (23 et 24 mai 1997), édités sous la direction de Geneviève et Philippe Contamine. Paris: Honoré Champion Éditeur, 1999, pp. 45-72
VIII Notaries and Notarial Practice in Medieval Brittany 773
Notariado público y documenta privado: de los origenes al siglo XIV, Actas del VII Congreso Internacional de Diplomática, vol. II (Valencia, 1986), ed. J. Trenchs Odena. Valencia: Generalitat Valenciana, 1989
IX The Late Medieval State and Social Change: A View From the Duchy of Brittany 117
L'Etat ou le Roi. Les fondations de la modernité monarchique en France (XIVe-XVIIe siècles), ed. Neithard Butst, Robert Descimon and Alain Guerreau. Paris: Editions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme, 1996
X Aristocracy, Faction and the State in Fifteenth-Century Brittany 1(252)
Originally published as Arstocratie, faction et Etat dans la Bretagne du XVe siècle, L'État et les aristocraties (France, Angleterre, Ecosse), XIIe -XI/IIe siècle, ed. Ph. Contamine. Paris: Presses de l'École Normale Supérieure, 1989, pp. 129-160
XI 'En son habit royal': le duc de Bretagne et son image vers la fin du Moyen Age 253
Représentation, pouvoir et royauté à la fin du Moyen Age, ed. Joël Blanchard. Paris: Picard, 1995
XII Les signes du pouvoir. L'Ordre de l'Hermine, les devises et les hérauts des ducs de Bretagne au XVème siècle 141
Mémoires de la Société d'Histoire et d Árchéologie de Bretagne 68. Rennes, 1991
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