By Richard Walsh
Charles the daring in Italy, 1467-1477 is the definitive research of the final reigning Duke of Burgundy's family with the Italian states. Charles's dealings with Italy were studied formerly, yet this book—bolstered by way of Richard Walsh's vast learn in eu archives—is by means of some distance the main finished exam of Charles the Bold's army, diplomatic, and financial kinfolk with the subcontinent. Charles the daring in Italy might be crucial to students of French and Italian historical past and international relations.
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As for Galeazzo Maria, he continued after the battle to ply Charles with advice and promises of assistance, but his actions belied his words. 68 The minor powers friendly to the duke, who in any case were neither so compromised nor so conspicuous as their larger neighbours, took slightly longer to change course. 69 By the end of 1476 Charles the Bold’s inﬂuence in Italy was as weak as it had been at his accession, if not weaker, for he was seen as a ruler whose star was waning. His rivalry with the king of France for dominance in the peninsula had now come full circle.
It started out as a thesis and was subsequently revised and updated for publication at the invitation of a university press that subsequently decided not to go ahead. When, perforce, I left academic life in 1985, I feared it might never see the light of day, so it is with a great deal of satisfaction and relief that I place my research in the public domain at last. I am indebted to the Liverpool Historical Studies series, to its sponsor (the School of History, University of Liverpool), to Liverpool University Press for giving me this opportunity and, further, to the editor of the series, the late Professor Paul Hair, for guiding me through the processes of publication.
Italian archives obviously constitute a major source for a work such as this. Indeed, the survival of so much Italian evidence is itself testimony to the closeness of the last Valois duke of Burgundy’s relations with Italy and to the impact he made on the peninsula. But Italian sources also tell us much about other aspects of his reign, and this is a useful reminder that one should view his relations with Italy in the context of his diplomacy as a whole. In addition to this Italian material, I have investigated carefully the great series of Burgundian accounts preserved in the Archives Départementales du Nord at Lille.