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The Knight in History [Format Kindle]

Frances Gies

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“Illuminates the evolution of knighthood” (New York Times Book Review)

“A carefully researched, concise, readable, and entertaining account of an institution that remains a part of the Western imagination.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Splendid … This detailed look, focusing as it often does on individual men, shows the knight in a new and more interesting light, whether Roland or Galahad.” (Washington Post)

“Gies’s writing is fresh and direct, her scholarship is exact, and she approaches her subject with excitement.” (The New Yorker)

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"A carefully researched, concise, readable, and entertaining account of an institution that remains a part of the Western imagination."--Los Angeles Times

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 272 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books (18 juillet 2010)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fantastic analysis of the everyday life of a Knight 27 décembre 1999
Par Joe Owen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Since I have an interest in the Middle Ages (900AD-1500AD) I was recommended this book by a history professor, and I wasn't dissapointed. This is an interesting analysis of the Knights in Medieval Society not only of England and France, but Europe in general. Easy to read, analytical and comprehensive this explains the initiation, rituals, valor and hardship that the Knight had to endour everyday. The author(s) have written many outstanding books of the middle ages and this is a welcome addition to the series they have written. A MUST have book for anyone studying the middle ages or the casual reader who picks it up in a store or library.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Highly readable, thoroughly researched 1 août 2004
Par W. D ONEIL - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It would be pretty hard to find a better concise history of European knighthood than this book by Frances Gies. Her research is very thorough and she understands the Medieval world well. At the same time, she brings her subjects alive and never lets her erudition intrude to interrupt the flow of the story. In little more than 200 pages of well-written text she traces the whole arc of the knight's history, from Charlemagne to the end of the Hundred Years War -- and beyond into the long twilight of knighthood down to the Victorian era.

After tracing the origins of knighthood she gives a vivid description of the First Crusade. Then she turns to the troubadours and the development of the literature of knighthood, as well as its impact on the knights themselves. Next she takes up the career of a very notable knight of the second half of the 12th century, William Marshal in an account filled with details that reveal his character and that of knighthood in his time. The story of the remaining Crusades is organized around an account of the crusading orders, particularly the Knights Templar. Next comes a vivid mini-bio of one of the most remarkable characters of history, the mid-14th century French knight and commander Bertrand Du Guesclin. Then the story of Sir John Fastolf, a major English commander of the 15th century (only very tenuously related to Shakespeare's Falstaff) nicely illustrates the transition between the world of knightly warfare and that of armies on the modern pattern. A final chapter traces the lingering influence of knighthood in early modern Europe.

There are many well-chosen black-and-white illustrations, extensive source notes, and a good bibliography.

The book addresses the knight's armor and fighting techniques, but only briefly. Combats and battles, too, are treated largely in schematic fashion. The focus is on the knight's character, his views of himself and his world, and his place in his society. There is also a clear summary of the overall development of the patterns of Medieval warfare.

Although there is some mention of knighthood elsewhere, the book concentrates very strongly on England and France; treatments of Southern and Central Europe of comparable quality would be very welcome. Gies does not have an ideological slant or a theory to defend -- she neither "debunks" nor extolls. Since the book's writing, two decades ago, further evidence has been discovered which naturally alters some details, but on the whole the book holds up very well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The concept, the ideal, and reality of Knighthood. 26 janvier 2007
Par Captain Sternn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Another gem of Medieval studies by Professor Gies!

Within you will find an account of Western European Knighthood from the perspective of the Anglo-French tradition.

The Knight is described and defined in terms of the mounted warrior-elite he was, his training, his role in society, in the Chivalric ideal presented by Troubadors,...and the grim reality in warfare.

Professor Gies uses three notable knights in history as a sample of how they varied in character, in deed, and in living up to the Code of Chivalry: William Marshall and John Fastolf of England, and Bertrand du Guesclin of France.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Summary 11 décembre 2012
Par Dan Mc - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The Knight in Historyis an excellent summary of the evolution, maturity, and dissolution of the knight in Europe. Provides context, details, and scholarly rigor to an oft-neglected topic in Western history.

5.0 étoiles sur 5 If You Study the Middle Ages, You Need This Book 26 mai 2013
Par KRM - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you study the Middle Ages, this book will tell you all you need to know about knights and it gives you details that are hard to find elsewhere. Frances and Joseph Gies have written a whole series of books about the middle ages. These books have been a great resource for study, they are "go to" books, if you need to remind yourself of those pesky little details that can mess you up. These books are wonderfully written, the Gies are experts on this genre, and if I could give it 10 stars I would.
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