- Hardcover: 234 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (1 July 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520062388
- ISBN-13: 978-0520062382
- Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2.2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,618,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
After describing the background to the battle, he presents an edited version of a contemporary account (that of William the Breton). This is followed by a general commentary on the ideology of peace, war, and battle in the twelfth century. Duby then analyses the evolution of the legends that sprang from Bouvines - in the centuries following the battle and, after its 18th century revival, in modern French historiography. Some of the sources for the battle are included as an appendix.
The Legend of Bouvines has a rare gem. Duby writes in the present tense, with a polished but effective prose, and brings alive both the ideals and the realities of warfare in high medieval France.