Tag Archives: Wat Tyler Uprising

on the block

Fiesty monks. Fighting monks and battling friars. Jerusalem had been lost for good in 1244 and in 1291, Acre, the chief remaining fortress of the Crusaders and their last seat of government, fell to the enemy after a siege of … Continue reading

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black plague & neurotic gloom: no belief no deny

Skepticism and timorous uncertainty marked the second half of the fourteenth century.The generation that survived the plague could not believe, but did not dare deny. It groped toward the future, with one nervous eye always peering over its shoulder toward … Continue reading

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POETIC LICENSE FOR THE PRIVILEGED

Next to waging war, the heroes of Jean Froissart, from his compendium of the first half of the Hundred Years War, appeared to like nothing better than a well run joust. For true chivalric spirit, few tournaments matched the jousts … Continue reading

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JOUSTING BETWEEN VENUS AND MARS

Though presumably he made neither love nor war, he thoroughly approved of both and took them as subjects for his Chronicles, that grand and noble history of his time, the waning middle ages. Jean Froissart, the poet priest, has imposed … Continue reading

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