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Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry

Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry - 99 edition

Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry - 99 edition

ISBN13: 9780271018812

ISBN10: 027101881X

Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry by Christine de Pizan, Sumner  Translator Willard and Charity  Ed. Willard - ISBN 9780271018812
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Penn State U. Press
Published: 1999
International: No
Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry by Christine de Pizan, Sumner  Translator Willard and Charity  Ed. Willard - ISBN 9780271018812

ISBN13: 9780271018812

ISBN10: 027101881X

Summary

It is unexpected in any era to find a woman writing a book on the art of warfare, but in the fifteenth century it was unbelievable. Not surprisingly, therefore, Christine de Pizan's The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry, written around 1410, has often been regarded with disdain. Many have assumed that Christine was simply copying or pilfering earlier military manuals. But, as Sumner Willard and Charity Cannon Willard show in this faithful English translation, The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry contains much that is original to Christine. As a military manual it tells us a great deal about the strategy, tactics, and technology of medieval warfare and is one of our most important sources for early gunpowder weapon technology. It also includes a fascinating discussion of Just War.

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