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Lord of the Pyrenees; Gaston Febus, Count of Foix (1331-1391).


Lord of the Pyrenees; Gaston Febus, Count of Foix (1331-1391).

Vernier, Richard.

The Boydell Press


222 pages




Vernier (emeritus, Wayne State U.), who wrote The flower of chivalry; Bertrand du Guesclin and the Hundred years war, presents a page- turner that recounts the life and exploits of the dastardly Count of Foix, who ruled in Bearn, on the border of Spain, at the time of the Hundred Years War, the war against the Cathars, and the Investiture Controversy, all of which affected the Count in greater or lesser ways. Thoroughly researched, the history details aspects of the society, family, and politics of the court, with chapters on the writings of the Count, and of the historian Froissart, describing how the latter finessed for publication the immoral aspects of the Count's career. As is typical of this publisher, the volume is beautifully published and bound. It is illustrated with b&w illustrations of good quality. This is a scholarly history, but because Vernier is a gifted story-teller, the volume will be enjoyed by anyone interested in the Middle Ages.

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Date:Aug 1, 2009
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