|Aside from several engagements during
the Hundred Years War, there were probably few large-scale battles in
medieval France. With an evolution toward centralisation of military
and political power, the growth of battlefield and siege techologies,
expatriate experience with crusade warfare, and a shift from the
essentially protective to a more ornamental roll of the local knight in
his shire, this was a period of change. People were interested in both
the art of war and the art of chivalry. What they read was often a
mixture of translated classical sources and purely vernacular, more
functionally relavent ones. This page makes connections with
manuscript facsimiles containing over 50 of both kinds.
It is part of the Andy Holt Virtual Library's "Manuscripts of Medieval France with Vernacular Texts", a collection of over 800 links to manuscript facsimiles.