Monday, July 21, 2014

At last, a book

Faithful readers will recognize this as the infamous book on Charny's questions that I've been slugging away at, with some interruptions from other work since the millennium was young. Really young!

If you don't know the book, it is an investigation of a list of questions put forward by a 14th century French knight Geoffroi de Charny to his fellow aristocratic warriors, presumably to educate them in their duty and privileges as warriors. Because there are no answers given, Charny's questions are an unresolvable puzzle and maybe for this reason there have been few detailed looks at the questions and their purposes. Also, no one I know has translated all the questions before now.

Like historical puzzles? Wonder about what chivalry meant to those who fought in the Hundred Years War?  Is your curiosity piqued by the phrase "who gets the horse?"

Now all this can be yours – the answers, I mean, if you are willing to stick out your neck and propose some yourself.

Here's a link to the publisher.

If you are close with the dollar, you might try poking around this blog for some of my reflections on Charny's questions over the years.


  1. Anonymous12:31 pm

    This looks like a book I would be interested in.
    And I'd also be interested in your opinion on a related issue. What was the structure of French armies in the early-to-mid 15th century, especially post-Agincourt? The following webpage says that the older structure (which revolved around the "lance" as the lowest unit) had deteriorated by the 1420s and was replaced with a much more vague structure of mixed companies with haphazard numbers of men-at-arms and archers; but the evidence he gives (a small selection of unit records) seems likely to be the result of combat casualties. Here's the URL:

    What do you think?

  2. Anonymous12:59 am

    Congratulations on the book.