The Captivity of John II, 1356-60

The Royal Image in Later Medieval England and France

  • Neil Murphy

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Neil Murphy
    Pages 1-9
  3. Neil Murphy
    Pages 29-66
  4. Neil Murphy
    Pages 67-94
  5. Neil Murphy
    Pages 95-103
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 105-126

About this book


This book provides a systematic analysis of the innovations that occurred in the display of royal power during John II’s four years in English captivity. Neil Murphy shows how the French king’s competition with Edward III led to a revolution in the presentation of the royal image, manifesting through developments to the sacral character of the French monarchy, lavish displays of gift giving, and the use of courtly display. Showing that the Hundred Years War was not just fought on the battlefields of France, this book unravels how the war played out daily in the competition for status between Edward III and John II.

Neil Murphy is Senior Lecturer in History at Northumbria University, UK.


John II French Royalty Royal courts John the Good ceremony Medieval England

Authors and affiliations

  • Neil Murphy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, New York
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-94988-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53294-7
  • Buy this book on publisher's site