Charles D'Orleans in England, 1415-1440 by Mary-Jo Arn

Charles D'Orleans in England, 1415-1440 by Mary-Jo Arn

By Mary-Jo Arn

Charles, duc d'Orleans, prince and poet, used to be a captive in England for twenty-five years following the conflict of Agincourt. The reviews during this quantity, via ecu and American students, specialise in his lifestyles and activities in the course of that point, and convey him as a significant and realized reader, a crafty political determine (accomplished within the abilities that will galvanize the English the Aristocracy round him), and a masterful poet, cutting edge, witty, and very self-aware. dialogue of his manuscripts, his social and political relationships, his large library, and his poetry in languages demonstrate him as a sensible observer of lifestyles, which in his poetry he describes in methods no longer obvious back until eventually the Renaissance.Contributors: MICHAEL okay. JONES, WILLIAM ASKINS, GILBERT OUY, M. ARN, CLAUDIO GALDERISI, JOHN FOX, R.C. CHOLAKIAN, A.C. SPEARING, DEREK PEARSALL, JANET BACKHOUSE, JEAN-CLAUDE MUHLETHALER, A.E.B. COLDIRON

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129–46. 13 Most of the information about Waterton’s career which follows is drawn from H. Armstrong Hall, ‘Some Notes on the Family and Personal History of Robert Waterton of Metheley and Waterton’, Thoresby Society Miscellanea V (1909), 81–102. When Waterton was appointed constable of Pontefract in 1424, the post may have been given him in recognition of his advancing years; he died the year after. 14 McLeod, Prince and Poet, p. 145, and Anthony Goodman, John of Gaunt (London, 1992), p. 308. 15 There is an autograph letter from Henry V to Waterton indicating that the latter should keep Charles at Pontefract rather than Metheley Hall, but the letter is undated and may have never been sent.

On a more general level, one of the distinguishing features of the English library of Charles of Orléans is that, unlike that of his brother, it is dominated by a number of scientific works contained in at least a dozen manuscripts. These include several texts at the fringe of the scientific tradition, Simon de Couvin’s 3 Among several studies of Jean of Angoulême’s Chaucer manuscript, see Martin M. Crow, ‘John of Angoulême and his Chaucer Manuscript’, Speculum 17 (1942), 86–99, and Paul Strohm, ‘Jean of Angoulême: A Fifteenth Century Reader of Chaucer’, Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 72 (1971), 69–76.

10 Most accounts of the itinerary of James I indicate that he was kept in the Tower throughout 1416 and taken to the north of England in March of 1417, shortly before Charles travelled the same road; see, for one, the introduction to John Norton-Smith, The Kingis Quair (Oxford, 1971). 11 I have of course compared the books which Champion inventories and indicates were in England with Charles with the list of Henry’s books prepared by G. L. Harriss, ‘Henry V’s Books’, in K. B. McFarlane, Lancastrian Kings and Lollard Knights (Oxford, 1972), pp.

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