Froissart’s Chronicles was preserved in around 150 manuscripts in libraries of different countries and was believed to exist in 4 books. However, only around 114 manuscripts survived to tell the tales from Book I to Book III; the manuscripts for Book IV were only partial transcriptions and largely lost. The manuscripts for the Chronicles are usually lavishly and expensively illuminated, and this reflects the fact that the Chronicles intended audience are those of ...
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...e readers. For instance, he has written that: “They were men who did public penance and scourged themselves with whips of hard knotted leather with little iron spikes. Some made themselves bleed very badly between the shoulders and some foolish women had cloths ready to catch the blood and smear it on their eyes, saying that it was miraculous blood.”
In conclusion, although Froissart Chronicles is written based on the historical events that occurred during the Hundred Years’ War period, the reports of these events can be erroneous and inaccurate, which is a main characteristic of medieval historical writing. Hence, historians must view this in caution as part of the writing can be fictitious. Nonetheless, Froissart’s work do provide some insight on the ideal and belief of chivalry as well as code of honour that existed between nations during the late 14th century.
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