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‘Bore by discent and by title of right, justly to reigne in England and in Fraunce’: Literature Directed at English Kings During the Hundred Years War

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Title: ‘Bore by discent and by title of right, justly to reigne in England and in Fraunce’: Literature Directed at English Kings During the Hundred Years War
Author: Egan, Brendan
Department: Department of History
Program: History
Advisor: Ferreira, SusannahEwan, Elizabeth
Abstract: This thesis attempts to fill a gap in the scholarship of the Hundred Years War by analysing the literature directed at four of the five successive English kings who took part in the conflict – Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, and Henry VI (c. 1377-1453) – by way of manuscript dedications, addresses, and gifts. The works of writers such as Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Hoccleve, and William Worcester, among others, not only mirrored the various phases of the war but also attempted to guide its progression by contributing to the wider discourse on war and peace, educating their recipients on their kingly responsibilities, and celebrating and cementing their rights to the French crown. In order to emphasize the purpose of these works, efforts by English writers are contrasted with the works of their French counterparts – including Philippe de Mézières, Christine de Pizan, and Alain Chartier – who dedicated and addressed a number of works to Charles VI, the Dauphin Louis, and Charles VII. These French works equally contributed to the discussion on war and peace, attempted to educate French kings on their responsibilities, and importantly urged them to challenge the English claim. Ultimately, this thesis demonstrates that a number of English writers active during the conflict used their texts as tools of indirect diplomacy, advice, and education to compliment and achieve English aims in the Hundred Years War.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16128
Date: 2019-05
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