The Book of Chivalry is the most pragmatic of all surviving chivalric manuals. Written at the height of the Hundred Years War, it includes the essential commonplaces of knighthood in the mid-fourteenth century and gives a close-up view of what one knight in particular absorbed of the medieval world of ideas around him, what he rejected or ignored, and what he added from his experience in camp, court, and campaign.
Geoffroi de Charny was one of the quintessential figures of his age, with honors and praise bestowed upon him from both sides of the English Channel. He prepared the Book of Chivalry as a guide for members of the Company of the Star, a new but short-lived order of knights created by Jean II of France in 1352 to rival the English Order of the Garter.
Elspeth Kennedy here edits the original French text of Charny and provides a facing-page translation for the modern reader. Richard. W. Kaeuper's historical study places both man and his work in full context. In the formal themes that give Charny's book structure, and in his many tangential comments and asides, this work proves a rich source for investigating questions about the political, military, religious, and social history of the later Middle Ages. With this translation, the prowess and piety of knights, their capacity to express themselves, their common assumptions, their views on masculine virtue, women, and love once more come vividly to life.
Rich sourcebook of approximately 500 black-and-white designs traces history and meaning of the shield, symbols, crests, helmets, and blazonry, with special emphasis on such devices as beasts, monsters, human, and part-human figures. American, British, French, and Russian costs of arms are displayed, as are insignias of the clergy, state seals, and modern institutions.
One of the most enduring images associated with the Middle Ages is that of a knight in armor. Thanks in part to the popular legends associated with King Arthur and his Round Table, many myths and misconceptions about knighthood have been passed down through the ages. Frances Gies separates fact from fiction and reveals the true history of medieval knighthood in The Knight in History.Gies examines the institution of knighthood in Europe, from its beginnings in France during the ninth or tenth century to its decay in the face of new social forces as the Middle Ages began to give way to the Renaissance. From the Crusades to the Knights Templar, from the concept of chivalry to the role of knights in maintaining a feudal society, The Knight in History is a comprehensive look at an iconic figure whose influence on society can still be felt today. Frances Gies and her husband Joseph have been writing books about medieval history for thirty years. Together and separately, they are the authors of more than twenty books, including Life in a Medieval City, Life in a Medieval Castle, Life in a Medieval Village, The Knight in History, and Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel. They live near Ann Arbor, Michigan. "A carefully researched, concise, readable, and entertaining account of an institution that remains a part of the Western imagination." -- Los Angeles Times--Washington Post
- On the great influence of a valiant lord: "The companions, who see that good warriors are honored by the great lords for their prowess, become more determined to attain this level of prowess."
- On the lady who sees her knight honored: "All of this makes the noble lady rejoice greatly within herself at the fact that she has set her mind and heart on loving and helping to make such a good knight or good man-at-arms."
- On the worthiest amusements: "The best pastime of all is to be often in good company, far from unworthy men and from unworthy activities from which no good can come."
Enter the real world of knights and their code of ethics and behavior. Read how an aspiring knight of the fourteenth century would conduct himself and learn what he would have needed to know when traveling, fighting, appearing in court, and engaging fellow knights.
Composed at the height of the Hundred Years War by Geoffroi de Charny, one of the most respected knights of his age, A Knight's Own Book of Chivalry was designed as a guide for members of the Company of the Star, an order created by Jean II of France in 1352 to rival the English Order of the Garter.
This is the most authentic and complete manual on the day-to-day life of the knight that has survived the centuries, and this edition contains a specially commissioned introduction from historian Richard W. Kaeuper that gives the history of both the book and its author, who, among his other achievements, was the original owner of the Shroud of Turin.
Coats of arms were at first used only by kings and princes, then by their great nobles, but by the mid-13th century arms were being used extensively by the lesser nobility, knights and those who later came to be styled gentlemen. In some countries the use of arms spread even to merchants, townspeople and the peasantry. From the mundane to the fantastic, from simple geometric patterns to elaborate mythological beasts, this fascinating work by Terence Wise explores the origins and appearance of medieval heraldic devices in an engagingly readable style accompanied by numerous illustrations including eight full page colour plates by Richard Hook.
The literature of chivalry and of courtly love has left an indelible impression on western ideas. What is less clear is how far the contemporary warrior aristocracy took this literature to heart and how far its ideals had influence in practice, especially in war. These are questions that Maurice Keen is uniquely qualified to answer. This book is a collection of Maurice Keen's articles and deals with both the ideas of chivalry and the reality of warfare. He discusses brotherhood-in-arms, courtly love, crusades, heraldry, knighthood, the law of arms, tournaments and the nature of nobility, as well as describing the actual brutality of medieval warfare and the lure of plunder. While the standards set by chivalric codes undoubtedly had a real, if intangible, influence on the behaviour of contemporaries, chivalry's idealisation of the knight errant also enhanced the attraction of war, endorsing its horrors with a veneer of acceptability.
Enter an enchanted world of kings and castles, heroes and damsels, fairies and dragons, magicians and giants. This collection thrills with nineteen classic romances--old-fashioned stories of high adventure spun from folk tales and sprinkled with history. These are the timeless tales of brave and steadfast knights, beautiful women, and the trials they share. Accompanied by twenty-three illustrations from renowned illustrator H. J. Ford, the stories include: "Una and the Lion," "How the Red Cross Knight Slew the Dragon," "How Don Quixote Was Enchanted," "How Bradamante Conquered the Wizard," "The Knight of the Sun," "Amys and Amyle," and thirteen more legends, including the unforgettable "The Tale of the Cid."
Gathered by Andrew Lang, the master collector of folk and fairy tales, these stories have been selected from cultures around the world. Captivating children and adults alike for centuries, the accounts of chivalry and daring in this edition are ready to inspire a new generation.
Templars in America explodes the myth that Columbus was the first European to discover the Americas. Using archival and archaeological sources, Tim WallaceMurphy and Marilyn Hopkins reveal the Venetian connection between the Knights Templar and preColumbian America and prove the continuous history of such exploration from the time of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, through the Viking explorations.
Told in fascinating detail, this story takes as many twists and turns as a historical mystery novel.
Templars in America takes readers through the many possible early explorations of America, which set the stage for the real mystery: the tale of how various dealings between Venice and Normandy resulted in the Templars coming to America.
Two leading European Templar families, nearly 100 years before Columbus, combined forces to create a new commonwealth in America. This is the story of Henry St. Clair of the Orkney Islands, then part of Normandy, and Carlo Zeno, a Venetian trader. These early explorers made peaceful and mutually beneficial contact with the Canadian Mikmaq people.
Although the voyage had little immediate political or commercial impact, it acts as a signpost to a centurieslong process that culminates in the beliefs and traditions of the Templars and Freemasonry, shaping the thinking of the founding fathers of the United States and the American Constitution.
Templars in America is a wild ride through the golden age of exploration to the founding of the United States of America.
Though it simmers ceaselessly beneath the surface of society, violence is, for the most part, held in check by conscience and will, laws and social conventions. Even in war, it is constrained to some extent by human rights treaties, codes of honor, and traditional rules of engagement. Every once in a while, however, it erupts uncontrollably, unleashing atrocities that are almost beyond our comprehension.
World's Bloodiest History recounts some of the most horrifying episodes of the past, from ancient times to our own, in searing detail, while rigorously investigating their causes-from religious fanaticism and ethnic rivalry to political power struggles and hunger for vengeance-and their consequences. It explores, for example, what led Romans in 146 BCE to abandon their typically civilized policy to co-opt conquered peoples and instead raze the city of Carthage to the ground and slaughter thousands of its inhabitants. It questions what drove the U. S. Militia, in Colorado in the winter of 1864, to gun down and bludgeon to death and then barbarically mutilate 150 Cheyenne (two-thirds of which were women and children) and how this changed the course of North American history. It strives to understand why, in 1994, ethnic Hutu villagers in Rwanda abruptly tured on their Tutsi neighbors and colleagues, massacring eight hundred thousand of them, and why the international community did nothing to stop them.
Engrossing in their descriptions of diverse historical periods and cultures, intriguing in their insights into human impulses and motivations, perplexing in their implications, these are stories that lead us to reflect on our own character and strength of will, and to question, at the most basic levels, what it means to be human.