Annales Gandenses: Annals of Ghent

Annales Gandenses: Annals of Ghent

Annales Gandenses: Annals of Ghent

Annales Gandenses: Annals of Ghent

Synopsis

These vivid Annals, written by a Franciscan friar in Ghent c.1308-10, describe events in the Low Countries between 1297 and 1310. The introduction shows their relation to the rivalry of Philip IV of France and Edward I of England -- and this in its turn was a remarkable episode in the historyof a land torn between its political intimacy with the French crown and its economic links with England. But its interest is even greater than this, as Bryce Lyon pointed out in a generous review of the present volume when it first appeared. The central event in it is the Battle of Courtrai in 1302,when the Flemish burghers destroyed the army of Philip IV -- and the Annals show 'how Courtrai and the events about it were in large part products of the social and economic turmoil of industrial Flanders'. This edition is reprinted from the original published in the Nelson's Medieval Classics series in 1951.

Excerpt

The appearance of this volume has been delayed not merely by impediments incidental to the present world situation, but by unexpected accidents which the author of the Annales would perhaps have ascribed to demonic intervention. For example, when the typescripts of the Introduction and the Latin text were about to be returned for use in checking the proof, they perished in a fire. If difficulties were surmounted, it was because help was forthcoming on every side. Professor Galbraith's guidance was invaluable throughout, particularly as to decisions on scope and shape by which the edition might conform with the aims of the series in which it appears. Professor Mynors revised the translation into English with the minimum of criticism and the maximum of stimulating suggestion. The publishers too, furthered progress in every possible way, and tackled with patience and kindness the various problems which arose. For all such helpful cooperation I here offer my warmest thanks.

HILDA JOHNSTONE

Chichester, 1951 . . .

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