Chronicles Additional Summary

Jean Froissart


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Further Reading

Ainsworth, Peter F. Jean Froissart and the Fabric of History: Truth, Myth, and Fiction in the “Chroniques.” New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. Examines Froissart’s Chronicles as a literary work. Explores how Froissart crafted his historical subject matter in literary terms to attempt to reconcile the realities of war with the ideals of chivalry.

Coulton, G. G. The Chronicler of European Chivalry. London: The Studio, 1930. Relates Froissart’s biography, using the Chronicles to provide information about his life. The illustrations of illuminations from two manuscripts of Froissart’s Chronicles add vivacity to the events that Froissart recounts.

Froissart, Jean. Chronicles. Rev. ed. Selected, translated, and edited by Geoffrey Brereton. New York: Penguin Books, 1978. The most accessible English translation of Froissart’s Chronicles. Contains a concise, informative introduction about Froissart, the composition of the Chronicles, and the manuscript versions of this work. Includes a helpful glossary, map, and index of persons.

Greene, Virginie, ed. The Medieval Author in Medieval French Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. This collection of essays examining authorship of French medieval literature contains two essays focusing on Froissart: “The Experiencing Self and the Narrating Self in Medieval French Chronicles,” by Sophie Marnette, and “Neutrality Affects: Froissart and the Practice of Historiographic Authorship,” by Zrinka Stahuljak.

Maddox, Donald, and Sara Sturm-Maddox, eds. Froissart Across the Genres. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1998. Collection of essays analyzing Froissart’s works, including several analyses of the Chronicles. Some of the other essays discuss Froissart and his contemporaries, Froissart and Geoffrey Chaucer, and the illustrations in book 1 of the Chronicles.

Palmer, J. J. N., ed. Froissart: Historian. Woodbridge, England: Boydell Press, 1981. A collection of essays by ten historians. Addresses aspects of Froissart’s writings in the Chronicles. Evaluates his contribution as a source for modern historical study of the Hundred Years’ War.

Shears, F. S. Froissart, Chronicler and Poet. 1930. Reprint. Folcroft, Pa.: Folcroft Library Editions, 1972. A literary biography of Froissart. Focuses on the Chronicles in the context of Froissart’s life and experiences of English and French culture in the late fourteenth century.