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T. J. H. McCarthy

This introduction provides historical background and a discussion of the Frutolf's Chronicle. Written in Bamberg at the end of the eleventh century, Frutolf of Michelsberg's Chronicle offers a lively and vivid account of the great struggle between the German emperors and the papacy known today as the Investiture Contest. Closely related to Frutolf's Chronicle and the 1106 Continuation is the Anonymous imperial chronicle composed in 1113/1114. The existence of multiple continuations of the Chronicle obscured Frutolf's authorship of his own work. From the middle of the twelfth century until the end of the nineteenth not only the various continuations, but also the original Chronicle itself, were attributed to Abbot Ekkehard of Aura.

in Chronicles of the Investiture Contest
Alison K. McHardy

This chapter presents translated and annotated sources on the theme of Richard II's minority reign during the period 1377 to 1381.

in The reign of Richard II
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The end of Edward III’s reign, 1376–77
Alison K. McHardy

This prologue presents translated and annotated sources on the topic of the end of Edward III's reign (1376–77).

in The reign of Richard II
From minority to tyranny 1377–97

The first twenty years (1377-97) of Richar II's reign was characterised by war and rebellion, show trials, scandalous royalty, horrible murders, attempts to solve the Irish question and the making of England's oldest alliance. This richly-documented period offers exceptional opportunities and challenges to students, and the editor has selected material from a wide range of sources: well-known English chronicles, foreign chronicles, and legal, administrative and financial records. This book describes the complex domestic and international situation which confronted the young king, and offers guidance on the strengths and weaknesses of the reign's leading chronicles. Students of Richard II's reign are blessed with numerous written sources. This reign saw the last great flowering of medieval chronicle-writing.

Alison K. McHardy

This chapter presents translated and annotated sources on the theme of the rule and fall of the Appellants during the reign of Richard II , 1388–89.

in The reign of Richard II
Alison K. McHardy

This chapter presents translated and annotated sources on the theme of Richard II's struggle for power during the period 1382–87.

in The reign of Richard II
Graham A. Loud

This chapter contains the text of The History of the Most Serene Roger, first King of Sicily written by Abbot Alexander of Telese, translated and annotated by Graham A. Loud.

in Roger II and the creation of the Kingdom of Sicily
Graham A. Loud

This chapter contains the text of The Assizes (or Constitutions) of King Roger, translated and annotated by Graham A. Loud.

in Roger II and the creation of the Kingdom of Sicily
Graham A. Loud

This chapter contains the text of The Book of Roger written by Abû ‘Abdallâh al-Idrîsî, translated and annotated by Graham A. Loud.

in Roger II and the creation of the Kingdom of Sicily
Andrew Brown
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Graeme Small

This chapter presents two texts describing the spectular extravagance of The Feast of the Pheasant at Lille in 1454 and the marriage feast of Charles the Bold and Margaret of York in 1468.

in Court and civic society in the Burgundian Low Countries c.1420–1530