Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How Much Did Medieval Women Care About Deeds of Arms?

Sometimes quite a lot. Christine de Pizan wrote three different balades about the 1402 combat between seven French and seven English. She wrote balades praising Charles d'Albret and others undertaking Boucicaut's Emprise de l'Escu vert à la Dame Blanche and the seneschal of Hainault's deeds of arms "in many distant lands". And her Book of the Duke of True Lovers contains a detailed description of fictional jousts that closely matches other accounts of the actual jousts of the period.

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