The 14th Century Page

Resources for Nipissing University's HIST 4505, 2001-2

Begun March 3, 1999; Last updated January 31, 2002

Compiled by the instructor, Steve Muhlberger

NU HIST 4505, Topics in Medieval History, is a seminar course for third- and fourth-year students.   In academic year 2001-2, the subject will be war, politics, and society in the first half of the Hundred Years' War.    More attention will be paid to England than France.

Course Materials

Readings for the February 6, 2002:  The Black Prince in Gascony and The career of Bastot de Mauléon, man-at-arms and brigand.

The course outline for HIST 4505 is here.

A Short Military Bibliography.

Daily Life in the Fourteenth Century (a short bibliography of useful works in the NU library -- like the previous item, this is in progress).

Deeds of Arms:   Course readings for Nov. 14.

Historical Background

My own lectures on Medieval England (NU HIST 2425) can be found at the Index to Lecture Notes, 1998-9 or now at ORB's  Online Textbooks section.   The most relevant lectures (reign of Edward I-Richard II) are indexed here.   Those of you didn't take my class last year are especially urged to read this material.

A new site by the Applied History Research Group at the University of Calgary contains much useful information on the End of Europe's Middle Ages.   Lots of goodies here, including art and music!

Fourteenth-Century Sites

Tales from Froissart are selected stories from the 14th-century chronicler of war and chivalry.   Froissart was quite a writer:   his presentation of the 14th century has always been extremely influential.   Some material not found on this site is at the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia:  The Chronicles of Froissart.

If anything, the English poet and civil servant Geoffrey Chaucer has been more influential.   There is a Geoffrey Chaucer Website at Harvard University with links to a great many resources.   An interesting part of that Chaucer site is devoted to the Scrope-Grosvenor trial of 1385-90, in which a number English knights and squires spoke of their military careers.

The deserted Yorkshire village of Wharram Percy gives us some idea of how English peasants lived in the 14th century and before.   Ken Tompkins of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has created a useful site with pictures and bibliography.

Lawrence Warner of the University of Pennsylvania has collected links relevant to Fourteenth-Century Political and Social Upheaval.  It is part of the  William Langland Home Page.  Langland was another prominent poet of the 14th century.

Andy Schwarz, a war-gamer, has put together a quick summary of relevant dates and events at the Hundred Years' War History Page.   The part I like best is the illustrated list of English and French kings and Burgundian dukes.

General Sites

ORB, the Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies, has pages on Late Medieval England (by A. Compton Reeves of Ohio University) and Late Medieval France (by Dana Semple).

The Labyrinth:  Resources for Medieval Studies, at Georgetown University, also has pages on Medieval England (post-1066) and France.

Mainly Images

The Bibliothèque de France has put online a thousand manuscript illuminations depicting the Age of King Charles V (1338-1380).  Note that many of the illuminations are actually from the 15th century and show costume and armor of the later era.   Jane Zatta, at Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville Campus), has selected some of these illuminations and added a brief English commentary.  Her site is called Some Important Events in the Fourteenth Century.

Another set of images not to be missed are from an early 15th-century manuscript called Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, put on the web by the University of Chicago.

Comments, additions or corrections?  E-mail Steve Muhlberger.