Collection Universelle des Memoires Particuliers Relatifs a l’Histoire de France, Tome I-II [comprising de Joinville’s Memoirs, originally entitled by him, Histoire de Saint Louis]

JOINVILLE, Jean, Sire de


Publisher: a Londres, et se trouve a Paris, Rue d'Anjou, la porte cochere seconde a gauche, en entrant par la rue Dauphine, 1785
Description: ppcxxiv,372;468. 8vos, old full calf, spines in compartments. Spines rubbed, hinges tender, else a good set

Jean, Sire de Joinville (1224-1317), went with Louis IX on his ill-fated crusade in 1248, and it was six years before he saw his native Champagne again. He finished his Memoirs in 1309, and they are marked by de Joinvillle’s modesty, simplicity, good sense, and historical and geographical curiosity. The Oxford Companion to French Literature describes him as ‘one of the pleasantest of medieval French authors’. It is significant that his work was chosen to be the first item in this intended Collection of French Memoirs. Those responsible for this collection are not named, and the place of publication is a curiosity in itself

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