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The Captivity of John II, 1356-60

The Royal Image in Later Medieval England and France


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

  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom

About the authors

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

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Captivity of John II, 1356-60
  • Book Subtitle The Royal Image in Later Medieval England and France
  • Authors Neil Murphy
  • Series Title The New Middle Ages
  • Series Abbreviated Title The New Middle Ages
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-349-94988-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95696-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-53294-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 126
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Medieval Europe
    Medieval Literature
    European Literature
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“Neil Murphy’s book is an important and welcome contribution to the historiography of kingship, royal courts and presentation of the royal image and power in later medieval England and France.” (Nicholas A. Gribit, English Historical Review EHR, Vol. 134 (569), 2019)

“Murphy’s book is a valuable addition to our understanding of the royal image in later-medieval England and France. … Murphy offers a more rounded picture of John's achievements, which will undoubtedly reshape how this important phase in the history of the Valois monarchy is understood for some time to come.” (Matthew Hefferan,, Vol. 17 (12), 2017)