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English Diplomatic Practice in the Middle Ages

by Pierre Chaplais

English Diplomatic Practice in the Middle Ages Synopsis

Though many historians date the practice of diplomacy to the Renaissance, Pierre Chaplais shows that medieval kings relied on a network of diplomats and special envoys to conduct international relations. War, peace, marriage agreements, ransoms, trade and many other matters all had to be negotiated. To do this a remarkably sophisticated system of diplomacy developed during the Middle Ages. Chaplais describes how diplomacy worked in practice: how ambassadors and other envoys were chosen, how and where they traveled, and how the authenticity of their messages was known in a world before passports and photographs.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781852853952
Publication date: 1st July 1981
Author: Pierre Chaplais
Publisher: Hambledon Continuum an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 292 pages
Categories: Diplomacy, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500,

About Pierre Chaplais

Pierre Chaplais is Emeritus Reader in History, University of Oxford.

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