Title: Histoire et chronique memorable de messire Jehan Froissart. Reveu et corrige sus divers exemplaires, et suivant les bons auteurs, par Denis Sauvage de Fontenailles en Brie, 1574. Volumes 1-2
Author: Jean Froissart; Denis Sauvage
Publisher: A Paris, chez Jehan Ruelle
Condition: Very Good
A 16th century edition of Froissart’s Chronicles, a prose history of the Hundred Years' War originally written in the 14th century. One of the great works of medieval history, the Chronicle is full of anecdotes and tales of court intrigue, including murder. Covering the years 1325-1400, the Chronicles provide a narrative of the main events and occurrences of the Hundred Years War, which include battles and sieges, the repression of numerous uprisings, massacres, and pillage, seen as exploits of the feudal chivalry of France and England, and events relating to other European nations.
This work has been commonly perceived as being of significant importance to the history of the 14th century in Europe, and Hundred Years' War in general. However, modern historians have also recognized that the Chronicles contained several shortcomings as a historical source: with incorrect dates, misplaced geography, inaccurate estimations of army sizes and the casualties of war, and a potential bias in favor of Froissart’s patrons.
There is a massive and highly detailed bookplate on the front pastedown for an M. Bauchond.
One finely bound volume in folio (16)+423+(29), (12)+288+(4) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the corners and hinges, with light scuffs to the boards. There is damp staining to the corners and margins of the title page. There is browning throughout. The front endpaper is coming loose, though holding.