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'Mercy Gramercy': A Study of Henry of Grosmont

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Ball, PS (2007) 'Mercy Gramercy': A Study of Henry of Grosmont. Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This thesis concerns Henry of Grosmont, first duke of Lancaster, focusing
in particular on his 1354 Livre de Seyntz Medicines (Book of Holy
Medicines), a protracted penitential allegory in which he characterizes his
soul as a wounded, infected body.
Grosmont deserves attention for several reasons. For a start, he was
one of the fourteenth century’s most prominent historical characters. An
outlying member of the Plantagenet dynasty, he was born around 1310. At
his death in 1361 he was England’s wealthiest, highest-ranking aristocrat
and, like his grandfather Edmund, an individual ‘of European stature’.1
The king and Black Prince excepted, he was England’s most important
commander of the early Hundred Years War. He was active for thirty
years as king’s lieutenant, heading English armies or diplomatic missions
and governing Aquitaine and Brittany. Most notably, he preserved
Aquitaine from French seizure in the 1340s. In European terms, therefore,
he was a significant figure.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Keywords: Henry of Grosmont, Livre de Seyntz Medicines, Fourteenth Century, chivalry, piety, penitential treatise, Anglo-Norman French, Anglo-French, Mercy Gramercy, Richard Rolle, Geoffroi de Charny, Livre de chevalerie
Publisher: Honours thesis, University of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2008 03:29
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:54
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