Reference : Philippe de Mézières et son Epistre au roi Richart
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Philippe de Mézières et son Epistre au roi Richart
Marchandisse, Alain mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences historiques > Histoire du Moyen Age tardif et de la Renaissance >]
Moyen Age (Le)
De Boeck & Larcier
Le prince en son « miroir ». Littérature et politique sous les premiers Valois
[en] Philippe de Mézières ; Charles VI ; Richard II ; mirror for princes ; Order of the Passion of Jesus Christ ; crusade
[en] In mid-May 1395, Philippe de Mézières writes a Letter to king Richard II of
England, an urgent call, which does not belong to the epistolary but to the allegorical
and the mirror for princes genre. This letter, revealing a clear similarity of
thought between the author and the king of France, Charles VI, to whose education
the former contributed, is preserved as a unique manuscript, the Royal 20 B VI, in
the British Library. This manuscript turns out to be the one offered to the English
monarch and, being addressed to the latter, ended up in the hands of a prince, who
was particularly able to appreciate its meaning and all its wit. Although Mézières
advocates a reconciliation between the kings of France and England, to be sealed
with a marriage between Isabelle de Valois, the former’s oldest daughter and the
latter, which was the safest way to achieve his ultimate aim of a reconciliation within
the Church and the re-conquest of the Holy Land, what he truly hoped for was the
founding of the Order of the Passion of Jesus Christ.
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