A Christian Humanist's mirror to princes: Nicolas de clamanges and the restoration of justice during the French civil war
This essay attends to one of the reforming voices raised during the multi-layered confusion of the French civil war, the Great Western Schism, and the Hundred Years War: that of Nicolas de Clamanges (ca. 1363-1437) sometime-papal secretary to Avignon, but above all humanist and reformer. The present effort is to identify, describe, and contextualize Clamanges' writings on the French civil war, paying particular attention to his advice to princes and his concern with the restoration of justice, law and order, the princes' moral duties, and the juxtaposition of private gain with public good. The main sources are Clamanges' treatise De lapsu el reparatione iustitiae and his many letters sent over the course of two decades to major players in this historical drama: England's Henry V; Louis, duke of Aquitaine and dauphin 1397-1415; Louis' tutor and confessor, Jean d'Arsonval; Jean Gerson, Pierre d'Ailly, and the extended Valois family.
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Bellitto, Christopher M., "A Christian Humanist's mirror to princes: Nicolas de clamanges and the restoration of justice during the French civil war" (2007). Kean Publications. 2541.