Le 25 janvier 1474, Charles le Téméraire, dernier des ducs Valois de Bourgogne, revêtu d'or et de pierreries, portant un couvre-chef similaire à une couronne fermée, s'adresse à son peuple en évoquant de manière sibylline ses rêves de grandeur et sa volonté d'élever ses territoires en royaume. La Grande Principauté de Bourgogne qui, du milieu du XIVe à la fin du XVe siècle, s'est progressivement étirée des brumes de la Zélande aux vignes du Mâconnais, offre un laboratoire d'analyse politique exceptionnel permettant de disséquer la nature du pouvoir à la fin du Moyen Âge. Préférant le feuilletage à la narration linéaire des faits, Élodie Lecuppre-Desjardin propose ici une relecture ample et originale de cette aventure politique qui fit des ducs de Bourgogne les princes les plus puissants de leur temps, avant que la débâcle nancéenne n'arrête brutalement les ambitions du Téméraire. Cet ouvrage saisit les forces motrices d'une société composite et fait l'histoire non pas d'une perfection croissante, mais des cheminements qui peuvent mener à la construction d'un Bien Commun. Dans cette oeuvre magistrale, Élodie Lecuppre-Desjardin nous entraîne au coeur d'un univers médiéval passionnant où se pose avec une étonnante actualité la question du sens des communautés, de la nature des loyautés et de la reconnaissance d'une autorité suprême.
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The Knights of the Crown
Author: D'Arcy Jonathan Dacre Boulton
Publisher: Boydell Press
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Author: D'Arcy Jonathan Dacre Boulton, Jan R. Veenstra
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Proceedings from a workshop held at the University of Groningen in 2000.
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Mystifying the Monarch
Author: Jeroen Deploige, Gita Deneckere
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
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Author: Alfred de Vigny
Publisher: Library of Alexandria