- Jean de Wavrin, un chroniqueur entre Bourgogne et Angleterre, et ses homologues bourguignons face à la guerre des Deux Roses
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Jean de Wavrin, a chronicler between Burgundy and England, and the attitude of Burgundian chroniclers to the Wars of the Roses. Jean de Wavrin (ca 1400-ca 1472/5), who was a chronicler under Philip and Charles, Dukes of Burgundy, wrote a History of England in six volumes, the last part of which shows a definite bias for the Yorkists and the man who led them, King Edward IV. It can be argued that the brother to the Queen of England, Anthony Woodville, served as a link between the English monarch and the chronicler from Burgundy: this link may have been made at a tournament in England in 1467, when Woodville fought Anthony of Burgundy (the Great Bastard), who happened to travel with Wavrin. When analysed and compared with works produced by other writers at this time, Wavrin’s chronicle emerges as the main source of information on the War of the Roses for contemporary readers in Burgundy. This is mainly due to the details included in the text and to the large number of manuscripts that have survived.
Key-wordsJean de Wavrin, Anthony Woodville, York, source of information, War of the Roses