Didactic, Historical & Latin Literature of Medieval France

This page contains links to literature which is often hard to classify. The first category is didactic literature. Though, in a sense much literature can serve some didactic purpose , I am referring to literature whose accepted role was teaching a moral or scientific lesson. The second group is vernacular historical literature, much of which is referred to as chronicles. The third category potentially contains all classes of literature and is bound together only by its language: Latin; that is , Latin written in what we know as the current geographical limits of France. It is important not to forget that in a world where one language was the lingua franca of academia and of one of two dominant social classes, we may expect some important literary expression in that language. These three collections consist of over 110 links.


DIDACTIC, RELIGIOUS & SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE



HISTORICAL LITERATURE (CHRONICLES)

ENCYCLOPEDIE DE L'HISTOIRE - II. Historiographie médiévale
Historiens et chroniqueurs du Moyen Age

Anthologies of Crusade Accounts (various chroniclers)



Marc Carrier, L'Image du grec selon les chroniqueurs des croisades: Perceptions et réactions au cérémonial byzantin 1096 à 1204"



Chronique d'Ernoul et de Bernard le Trésorier (Gallica, éd. L. de Mas de Latrie)



Geoffroy de Villehardouin



Grandes de Chroniques de France
Grandes Chroniques de France, 14th Century. (BNF, FR 2813)
Cote : BNF Richelieu Manuscrits occidentaux Français 73 - Grandes Chroniques de France, France, Paris, XIVe-XVe



Jean Dardel (Chronique d'Arménie), Latin historians Haytonus & Brocardus (Gallica)



[See Joinville in] Medieval French Heroic Literature
Jehan de Joinville, Vie de saint Louis (Les bédouins)
Wedgwood, Ethel, tr. The Memoirs of the Lord of Joinville (Univ. of Virginia Collection)



Jehan Froissart



Mémoires sur les règnes de Louis XI et Charles VIII / Philippe de Commines. Mémoire sur l'expédition de Naples /Guillaume de Villeneuve. Mémoire sur la maison de Bourgogne / Olivier de la Marche (Gallica, éd. A.C. Buchon)



Philippe de Commynes



Robert de Clari: The Capture of Constantinople (Medieval Sourcebook)
ROBERT DE CLARI (Picardie, vers 1170 - après 1216 )



Two trials from the Criminal Register of the Châtelet



MEDIEVAL LATIN LITERATURE


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