England and the Avignon Popes
The Practice of Diplomacy in Late Medieval Europe

Karsten Plöger

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

4 February 2005  •  320pp

ISBN: 1-904713-04-1 (paperback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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England had a complex relationship with the papacy in the 14th century, but how was the dialogue between these two protagonists carried out? Drawing on a wide range of unpublished sources, Plöger explores the techniques of communication employed by the Crown in its dealings with Clement VI (1342-52) and Innocent VI (1352-62). Methodologies of social and cultural history and theories of international relations are brought to bear on the analysis of the dialogue between Westminster and Avignon, resulting in a more complete picture of 14th-century Anglo-papal relations in particular and of medieval diplomatic practice in general.

Karsten Plöger is a Research Fellow in Late Medieval and Early Modern History at the German Historical Institute London.

Reviews:

  • Ralf Lützelschwab, Quellen und Forschungen aus Italienischen Archiven und Bibliotheken 86, 2006, 814-16
  • Medioevo Latino XXVIII, July 2007, 1153)
  • ‘From the perspective of communication developments, the present book produces important insights into the many challenges with which medieval diplomacy had to cope.’ — Sophia Menache, The Medieval Review February 2007
  • ‘A thorough and enlightening study of how diplomacy was conducted between the two courts at a time when war, plague, and the activities of unemployed mercenaries made travel between Westminster and Avignon dangerous and exacting, while the reception enjoyed by envoys was likely to be frosty at best.’ — Norman Housley, Speculum April 2006
  • Stefan White, Francia-Recensio 2008.3

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Plöger, Karsten, England and the Avignon Popes: The Practice of Diplomacy in Late Medieval Europe (Cambridge: Legenda, 2005)

First footnote reference: 35 Karsten Plöger, England and the Avignon Popes: The Practice of Diplomacy in Late Medieval Europe (Cambridge: Legenda, 2005), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Plöger, p. 47.

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Plöger, Karsten. 2005. England and the Avignon Popes: The Practice of Diplomacy in Late Medieval Europe (Cambridge: Legenda)

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