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English Diplomatic Practice in the Middle Ages by Pierre Chaplais

English Diplomatic Practice in the Middle Ages


English Diplomatic Practice in the Middle Ages by Pierre Chaplais

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.

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

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Publication date

1st July 1981


Pierre Chaplais

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Hambledon Continuum an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


292 pages



Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500



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