In England, the fourteenth-century was the last great century of monastic chronicle writing and medieval letters, yet it was also a time that witnessed a new genre of political poetry and produced some of the best descriptions of medieval parliaments known to survive. Taylor here examines the writings of the period as well as the background of chroniclers and poets, the problems they encountered, and the audience for whom they wrote. As England and France were heavily bound by military and cultural affairs, he includes the works of French writers as an important source for English history. Offering a more personal perspective on events than those recorded in governmental documents, this work is a valuable addition to the historiography of the period.
`this is a most valuable and stimulating contribution, an essential complement to Dr Grandsen's survey which any respectable library should purchase'
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`This is a book bristling with information and insights, clearly and carefully written the product of many years of hard work among primary sources and a rigorously intellectual approach to them. It has also been produced with the customary polish of the Clarendon Press and is a pleasure to handle and to read ... it is an indispensable vade-mecum for all serious students of fourteenth-century history.'
Journal of Ecclesiastical History