Their knights and squires, lad, are every whit as good as ours, and I could pick out a score of those who ride behind Du Guesclin
who would hold the lists with sharpened lances against the best men in the army of England.
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The Flower of Chivalry: Bertrand du Guesclin
and the Hundred Years War.
For all of the grandeur of Jean Froissart's chronicles or the lives of Bertrand du Guesclin
and the Black Prince, written by Cuvelier and Chandos Herald, respectively, this "historical narcissism" increasingly did not reflect the reality of war (726).
Vernier (emeritus, Wayne State U.), who wrote The flower of chivalry; Bertrand du Guesclin
and the Hundred years war, presents a page- turner that recounts the life and exploits of the dastardly Count of Foix, who ruled in Bearn, on the border of Spain, at the time of the Hundred Years War, the war against the Cathars, and the Investiture Controversy, all of which affected the Count in greater or lesser ways.
Maureen Bolton provides a bibliographical description of two French manuscripts containing the 'chivalric biographychanson de Bertrand du Guesclin
and the Roman de la Rose and demonstrates, through the study of textual variation, how texts reflect continually evolving cultural agenda.
Also worth seeing is the Gothic church of St Saveur which has a shrine containing the heart of Bertrand Du Guesclin
(1320-80), a Breton and French military commander in the Hundred Years War.
There was no chivalric biography of him, as there was of the Black Prince and of Bertrand du Guesclin
; but, at the time of Sir John's death, the Marquis of Saluzzo praised him in extravagant terms: 'en Ytale ne fu cent ans devant plus vaillant capitain ne plus sage de lui.' (There was no captain more valiant and wise than he in Italy in the last hundred years).
Half an hour away inland is the beautiful mediaeval town of Dinan with crooked half-timbered buildings, cobbled streets and fond memories of one Bertrand du Guesclin
, a local knight who beat up the Brits during the Hundred Years War.
We were on the sloping sands of Ile Du Guesclin
by 10am for a full beach day before heading for our mobile home.
Flower of Chivalry: Bertrand du Guesclin
and the Hundred Years War (Boydell & Brewer, 30 [pounds sterling]) by Richard Vernier looks at the rise to glory and considers the legacy of the chivalric hero who led France in the Hundred Years War.
The town also is noted for its associations with the Breton warrior, Bertrand Du Guesclin
, whose heart is buried in the church of St Sauveur.