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Chronicles of the Age of Chivalry [Paperback]

Elizabeth Hallam , Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper
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Oct 2000
The voices of the past bring history most clearly alive, and no contemporary accounts are more vivid or compelling than the writings of the mediaeval chroniclers. In this continuation of The Plantagenet Chronicles, the diligent monks take us back in time to witness the lives and deeds of kings, queens, princes and churchmen. Their world was one of brutality, intrigue, power and pestilence. Yet this same period saw the growing cult of King Arthur's Round Table, and the parfait, gentil knight of Chivalry. The chroniclers tell the story of the plantagenets, while illustrated background notes give a lively picture of what was happening throughout Europe - music and medicine, Chaucer and Boccaccio, Marco Polo and Genghis Khan, the first House of Commons, the last Crusade...
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Rain Publishers (Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566491908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566491907
  • Product Dimensions: 29.3 x 22.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,815,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr Z Baranski, University of Reading, Professor J Barnes, University College, Dublin, Dr D Bates, University College, Cardiff Professor M Beresford, University of Leeds, Professor J Beverley Smith, The University College of Wales, Dr D Carpenter, University of London Dr T Chalmers, Public Record Office M M Condon, Public Record Office A Crawford, Public Record Office, Dr D Crook, Public Record Office, Dr D Crouch, Institute of Historical Research, Dr L Grant, Courtauld Institute of Art, Dr C Harper-Bill, University of London Dr J Harris, University of Manchester N Hooper, Westminster School C Kightly, Writer Dr S C Macdougall, University of St Andrews A R E North, Victoria & Albert Museum, Dr W M Ormrod, The Queens University of Belfast, Dr J B Post, Public Record Office, Dr E Powell, Cambridge University, T Pryer, University of London, Dr S Vinall. University of Reading --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful resource 2 Mar 2009
This handy book gives near one unique access to historical chronicles, written by contemporaries, of the most important events in the reign of Kings Henry III- Edward III. Most of these sources are very difficult to get hold of, because of price, or other factors.

As well as being a useful source of info, they give an interesting insight into the mindset of the chroniclers, and the ideas which influenced them. A warning though, most are written with an aggresevely anti-scottish, and anti- french bias. Whilst at the same time portaying the Kings (in particular Edward 1st and 3rd) as virtual saints.
Though i suppose, in some ways this was inevitable, as it was almost the medieval english version of political correctness.

As well as the chronicles themselves, there are also essays written on the relevant subjects and periods written by the editors. These are great, as they give further detail and meaning to the hostory itself, as well as a rather more modern and fairer perspective of certain events.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Confused 21 Nov 2012
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What on the face of it appears to be a useful and interesting resource from contemporary sources very quickly becomes an annoying narrative .On one side ther are excerpts of historical data of the period in question and on the other the same data from a contemporary perspective. Unfortunately the latter is welded together without the source being mentioned and the whole thing becomes tedous in the extreme. The only saving grace is that I bought it second hand...I just hope whoever now picks it up from the charity shop where I took it gets more out of it than I did !
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book 13 Mar 2003
This book is full of information on all aspects of the plantagenet dynasty from the magna carta to the black death. It features articles on topics ranging from everyday life, the kings life and other events of national importance. The pages are split in two, with the articles on the right, and the text of the chroniclers on the the left. The articles tend to focus on events mentioned in the chronicles, which makes the book easier to digest and very interesting. This book could go into more detail at places, but all in all a handy and interesting book for anyone studying, or with an interest in the age of chivalry.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Days of Old... 3 Jan 2003
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A facsinating trawl through the greatest English Plantaganet Kings history..Easy to follow, despite some complex politics, due to the clear and concise writing...Also good is the inclusion is the the Chronicles of the Kings written at the time...
Lashings of blood-letting, murders, treachery, conquests etc etc..A part inspiration behind a lot of Tolkeins Lord of the Rings...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book on the Plantagenet Dynasty (1216 - 1377) 19 Aug 2001
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Hallam ptovides us with a wonderful book on the reigns of Henry III, Edward I, Edward II and Edward III. Each of the reigns is examined in detail with a series of essays written by experts in medieval history. The 113 essays cover a wide range of topics and provide the reader with a vivid history of Europe from 1216 - 1377. Contemporary chroniclers tie the book together. This beautiful book contains over 235 illustrations (in color and black and white), five detailed maps and a genealogy chart showing the interrelationships between the English, Scottish and French Dynasties.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in medieval history.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Dec 1998
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I read the British edition and found it fascinating. This book is for the general reader interested in English medieval history. It is not a scholarly piece of work, hence it is easier to read and more entertaining. Every aspect of the life in medieval England (and a little of France) is covered as well as the rule of the Plantagenet dynasty. There is lavish use of photographs and colorful illustrations which brings all the information more into perspective. I highly recommend it for general reading.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Plantagagenets 9 Aug 2008
By BernardZ - Published on Amazon.com
I found this book quite disjointed. While reading it, I felt that it was jumping from one item to totally different item.

Having said that the pictures are nice and some of the essays interesting.
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