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Chronicle of Hainaut by Gilbert of Mons

Chronicle of Hainaut by Gilbert of Mons

Translated into English by Laura Napran
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition: NED - New edition
Published by: Boydell and Brewer,
Pages: 260
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    Chronicle of Hainaut by Gilbert of Mons
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    The importance of the late twelfth-century Chronicle of Hainaut (Chronicon Hanoniense) as an historical record cannot be overestimated. Gilbert of Mons was an eye-witness to important events affecting Count Baldwin V of Hainaut, and provides much significant information about persons and affairs within France and the Empire, particularly Count Philip of Flanders, King Philip Augustus and Emperor Frederick Barbarossa; he had a keen interest in noble marriages, making his chronicle an unmatched source for genealogical and prosopographical material for this region. Moreover, his work is a mine of information on a great many subjects, such as the crusades, political events, noble women, the lives of saints, lord-tenant relationships, customary practices and the association of churches with lay advocates; it is particularly informative on military matters, giving detailed accounts of sieges, campaigns and tournaments.This volume presents a clear translation, accompanied by detailed annotations clarify the text, identifying people, events and concepts, an introduction, and bibliography.

    eISBN: 978-1-84615-381-5
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
    (pp. ix-ix)
  4. Maps
    (pp. x-xi)
  5. Genealogies
    (pp. xii-xxi)
    (pp. xxii-xxvi)
    (pp. xxvii-xxxviii)

    Gilbert of Mons, a cleric, was sole author ofChronicon Hanoniense. He was born between 1140 and 1150, more likely closer to the latter date.¹ He was a chaplain by 1169, becoming court chaplain to Count Baldwin V of Hainaut in 1175, his second notary from 1180 to 1184, and first notary probably in 1184, when he composed a charter for the emperor’s favour to the count of Hainaut concerning the march of Namur.² He took the office of chancellor of Hainaut for the period 1178/80 to 1195 (the year of Baldwin V’s death), and chancellor of Namur from 1192...

    (pp. 1-182)

    [1] Because we have proposed to speak with brevity concerning the deeds and genealogy of the lords of the county of Hainaut and of certain emperors of the Romans and of Constantinople, and of the kings of France, and of Jerusalem and Sicily and England, and also of many princes and other nobles along with the counts themselves, we wish to begin with Count Hermann, who possessed the county of Hainaut by hereditary right following several counts, along with his wife Countess Richilde, a most prudent and powerful woman.¹ From there we can turn most clearly to Count Baldwin IV,...

    (pp. 183-198)
  10. INDEX
    (pp. 199-222)
  11. Back Matter
    (pp. 223-223)