Between France and England: Politics, Power and Society in Late Medieval Brittany, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Between France and England

Politics, Power and Society in Late Medieval Brittany, 1st Edition

By Michael Jones


326 pages

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'Between France and England' characterises the role played by most rulers of the duchy of Brittany during the late Middle Ages, before it was finally united with Valois France. These essays (including three appearing for the first time in English) explore political and institutional aspects of the changing relationship between France and Brittany, within the context of Anglo-French relations, as well as social consequences of the development of a largely autonomous state within the larger French kingdom during a period dominated by war and economic crisis. The transformation of medieval France into an early modern state changed the traditional relationship between the king and his great feudal princes. But some princes reacted by imitating the crown, creating their own more advanced administrations and an ideological base for claims to exercise 'regal rights' within their lordships, often expressed in striking visual and symbolic form. These trends are evident in the late medieval duchy of Brittany where the Montfort dynasty all but succeeded in nullifying royal control.


'… an extremely important collection of essays by one of the finest historians of late medieval France.' H-France Reviews

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Tradition, history and the French: a case of tunnel vision; The Capetians and Brittany; Nantes au début de la guerre civile en Bretagne; Ancenis, Froissart and the beginnings of the War of Succession in Brittany (1341); Edward III's captains in Brittany; Politics, sanctity and the Breton state: the case of the Blessed Charles de Blois, duke of Brittany (d. 1364); Between France and England: Jeanne de Navarre, duchess of Brittany and queen of England (1368-1437); Notaries and notarial practice in medieval Brittany; The late medieval state and social change: a view from the duchy of Brittany; Aristocracy, faction and the state in 15th-century Brittany; 'En son habit royal': le duc de Bretagne et son image vers la fin du Moyen Âge; Les signes du pouvoir. L'Ordre de l'Hermine, les devises et les hérauts des ducs de Bretagne au XVème siècle; Index.

About the Author

Michael Jones is Emeritus Professor of Medieval French History, University of Nottingham, UK

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General