Craig Taylor examines French debates on the martial ideals of chivalry and knighthood during the Hundred Years War.
Preface ; Abbreviations ; Introduction ; 1 Texts and cont exts ; Crises affecting France ; Reactions of the writers ; Moral reform and discipline ; Leadership ; Conclusion ; 2 Honour ; Chivalric honour ; The role of texts ; Virtue and vainglory.
Violence and competition Reciprocity and trustworthiness ; Conclusion ; 3 Prowess and loyalty ; Prowess and deeds of arms ; Representations of violence ; Defining chivalric violence ; Conclusion ; 4 Courage ; Debating courage ; Courage, cowardice and rashness.
Inspiring courage Conclusion ; 5 Mercy (part I): soldiers ; Mercy and vengeance ; The treatment of combatants ; Praising mercy ; Conclusion ; 6 Mercy (part II): civilians and non-combatants ; Commentary on the treatment of civilians in war.
The treatment of civilians outside military campaigns Conclusion ; 7 Wisdom and prudence ; Defining prudence ; The art of warfare ; The value of books ; Reading Vegetius ; The science of war ; Conclusion ; Conclusion ; Bibliography ; Printed sources ; Secondary literature.
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