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- DescriptionIt is unexpected in any era to find a woman writing a book on the art of warfare, but in the 15th century it was unbelievable. Not surprisingly, therefore, Christine de Pizan's The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry , written around 1410, has often been regarded with disdain. Many have assumed that Christine was simply copying or pilfering earlier military manuals. But, as Sumner Willard and Charity Cann Willard show in this English translation, The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry contains much that is original to Christine. As a military manual it tells a great deal about the strategy, tactics and techlogy of mediaeval warfare and is an important source for early gunpowder weapon techlogy. It also includes a fascinating discussion of Just War. Since the end of the 15th century, The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry has been available primarily through Antoine Verard's imprint of 1488 or William Caxton's 1489 translation, The Book of the Order of Chivalry . Verard even suggested that the work was his own translation of the Roman writer Vegetius, making mention of Christine's name. Caxton attributed the work to Christine, but it is impossible to identify the manuscript he used for his translation. Moreover, both translations are inaccurate. The Willards correct these inaccuracies in a clear and easy-to-read translation, which they supplement with tes and an introduction that will greatly benefit students, scholars and enthusiasts alike.
- Author BiographySumner Willard, former professor at the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, was best known for his translation of J. F. Verbruggen's The Art of Warfare in Western Europe During the Middle Ages (1977; revised edition, Boydell, 1997). Charity Cannon Willard is the preeminent Christine de Pizan scholar in the United States. She has translated Christine's A Medieval Woman's Mirror of Honor: The Treasure of the City of Ladis (1989) and written a biography, Christine de Pizan: Her Life and Works (1984).
- PublisherPennsylvania State University Press
- Date of Publication22/04/1999
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPennsylvania State University Press
- Weight345 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Translated byChristine de
- Volume editorCharity Cannon Willard
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