English Diplomatic Practice in the Middle Ages

English Diplomatic Practice in the Middle Ages

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It is wrong to date the practice of diplo-macy to the Renaissance. Medieval kings relied on a network of diplomats and special envoys to conduct interna-tional relations. War, peace, marriage agreements, ransoms, trade and many other matters all had to be negotiated. To do this a remarkably sophisticated system of diplomacy developed during the mid-dle ages. Pierre Chaplais, the eminent historian of medieval England's relations with its neighbours, describes how diplomacy worked in practice: how ambassadors and other envoys were chosen; how and where they travelled; and how the authenticity of their messages was known in a world before passports and photographs. Safe-conducts, audiences, gifts and meetings between rulers all played their part. English Diplomatic Practice in the Middle Ages is an important and fascinating contribution to the early history of England's role in Europe.Not only is it the culmination and a distillation of a whole lifetimea#39;s work, it is also the manual on medieval English ... crucial word in its title, a#39;practicea#39;, in that it is grounded throughout in a wonderful and wide-ranging collection of examples andanbsp;...

Title:English Diplomatic Practice in the Middle Ages
Author: Pierre Chaplais
Publisher:A&C Black - 2003-05-16

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