- Une campagne qui fit long feu : le saint voiage de Philippe le Bon sous la plume des chroniqueurs bourguignons (1453-1464)
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A campaign that petered out: the saint voiage of Philip the Good as presented by Burgundy chroniclers (1453-1464). Though they did not change the course of history, Philip the Good’s dreams of crusades left their mark on the literature produced at the court of Burgundy. The present paper examines the various ways in which chroniclers of the Dukedom, whether close to the court or not, dealt with Philip the Good’s efforts to support Christendom. We first explore the theme of ‘war of magnificence’, which can be detected in most chronicles. We then focus on the testimony of George Chastelain, official chronicler of the Dukedom, since he was the only one who commented on the fact that in the end, the Duke’s dream of launching a crusade could not be realised. We also highlight the growing dissension between Chastelain’s perspective and Pope Pius II’s ideals.
Key-wordsPhilip the Good, chroniclers, crusade, George Chastelain, Constantinople