This biography traces the career of Frenchman Jacques Coeur, royal official, merchant, and financier, amidst war and exploration in Fifteenth-Century Europe, and invites readers to consider Coeur's career against a broad historical context.
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This biography traces the career of Jacques Coeur as a royal official, merchant, bursar, a supply officer catering to the needs of the royal household, and powerful financier to Charles the VII (1422-1461), amidst war and exploration in Fifteenth-Century Europe, and invites the reader to consider Coeur's career from its high point as one of the richest and most powerful men in France to his startling downfall, disgrace, and banishment against the broad historical background of the Fifteenth Century, a transitional time between the traditional medieval period and the early modern era.
Table of Contents
1. The Transitional Fifteenth Century.
2. Childhood and Family in Bourges.
3. Career Beginnings (1420s-1440s).
4. Commercial Success (1440s).
5. Finance and Diplomacy (1440s).
6. The Fruits of Enterprise (1440s).
7. Fall from Grace (1451-1453).
8. Exile, Crusade, and Death.
A Note on the Sources.
A Note on Medieval Money.
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$10.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-321-31600-4