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'Mercy gramercy' : a study of Henry of Grosmont

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Ball, PS ORCID: 0000-0001-7661-6264 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’. 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
Authors/Creators:Ball, PS
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
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