Charles D'Orleans in England, 1415-1440 by Mary-Jo Arn

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Charles, duc d'Orleans, prince and poet, used to be a captive in England for twenty-five years following the conflict of Agincourt. The experiences during this quantity, by means of eu and American students, specialize in his lifestyles and activities in the course of that point, and exhibit him as a significant and discovered reader, a crafty political determine (accomplished within the abilities that may provoke the English the Aristocracy round him), and a masterful poet, cutting edge, witty, and extremely self-aware. dialogue of his manuscripts, his social and political relationships, his vast library, and his poetry in languages exhibit him as a smart observer of lifestyles, which in his poetry he describes in methods now not obvious back till the Renaissance.Contributors: MICHAEL ok. JONES, WILLIAM ASKINS, GILBERT OUY, M. ARN, CLAUDIO GALDERISI, JOHN FOX, R.C. CHOLAKIAN, A.C. SPEARING, DEREK PEARSALL, JANET BACKHOUSE, JEAN-CLAUDE MUHLETHALER, A.E.B. COLDIRON

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73 Salisbury’s military ability was acknowledged with grim satisfaction at the court of Charles VII, where great relief was felt at the passing of a man who had done so much damage to their cause. But for the defenders of Orléans his death was seen as divine judgment for 69 AN KK 269, fols. 52v–53r; Le Roux de Lincy, ‘La bibliothèque de Charles d’Orléans’, pp. 62–63. 70 Journal du Siège, in Procès de condamnation et de réhabilitation de Jeanne d’Arc, ed. J. Quich- erat, 5 vols. (Paris, 1841-49), IV, 102.

Copies of the poem appear in Paris, BN MS lat. 1196 (the work of an English copyist) and Paris, BN MS lat. 1203. The text of Stephen of Sawley’s work is edited and its manuscripts described by Wilmart, Auteurs Spirituel, pp. 316–60. 34 THE BROTHERS ORLÉANS AND THEIR KEEPERS time, for looking after another Agincourt prisoner, the duke of Bourbon. 30 Indeed, since Charles spent only the winter of 1419–1420 in Montgomery’s custody, an extended discussion of Montgomery’s character, his circle, or the cultural ambience at Tutbury might prove of little value.

5 Though Charles had with him in England a French translation of a widely-read medical manual, The Tables of Health, La Tour de la Grant Richesse (Paris, BN MS fr. 222), he did not hesitate to purchase from the estate of the duke of Bedford the Latin version of the same text (Paris, BN MS lat. 6977). Most of these works seem to have been sent to Charles by his French friends and thus tell us little about his contacts with English culture. They do, however, suggest something about his character, his intellectual curiosity perhaps, his concern for his well-being certainly.

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