- Series: History of Valois Burgundy
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Boydell Press; New edition (February 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851159168
- ISBN-13: 978-0851159164
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,086,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John the Fearless: The Growth of Burgundian Power (History of Valois Burgundy) Paperback – February 9, 2012
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This reissue of Vaughan's seminal series is welcome indeed. Nothing of this scale has been written before or since...on the Burgundian state.... Erudite but highly readable.... An attractive and timely repackaging of an unrivalled classic of Burgundian studies. --Medium Aevum
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Turns out this OLD BOY was the father of my relative - Guilherme da Silveira
aka - Willem van der Haegen:
who founded the Azores in the middle 1400s - where Christopher Columbus
took off from to found Cuba and Havana back in 1492!
Not a history in the narrative sense: yes, it is mostly in chronological order, but Vaughan rather assumes that the reader knows the general sequence of events already, and something about the major players. Instead, it is analytic and institutional, concentrating more on how John administered and ruled his scattered and diverse holdings. The analysis is documented wonderfully well, with plenty of details and figures available thanks to the organized Burgundian bureaucracy, and lots of lengthy quotations from contemporary sources. On the other hand, after chapters full of carefully objective tone, with straightforward statements backed up by letters and figures, Vaughan can suddenly let drop some very subjective charges of hypocrisy and "palpable insincerity" without citing much of any proof at all except non-fulfillment. There's sometimes a drastic clash of tone, is what I'm saying.
Great, solid history writing, absolutely required for anyone studying the period in particular, but I would not recommend unreservedly it for the casual reader: it has more analysis than narrative, many more trees than forest.
While these works may be older, and more recent work has been done on Burgundy, Vaughan's scholarship is still first-rate. A must for the bookshelf of anyone interested in Valois Burgundy, or Northern Europe in the late 14th and 15th centuries.