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Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's LawsPerspectives on the Law of War in the Later Middle Ages$
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Theodor Meron

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198258117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258117.001.0001

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Heralds, Ambassadors, and the Treaty of Troyes

Heralds, Ambassadors, and the Treaty of Troyes

(p.172) 10 Heralds, Ambassadors, and the Treaty of Troyes
Henry's Wars and Shakespeare's Laws

Theodor Meron

Oxford University Press

During the battle of Agincourt when the English seemed to have won the war, Montjoy, a French herald, presented a request to the king which involved asking for the right to be able to bring home the people from their forces who had been killed during the war. As such, and as is seen in other plays that involve such ambassadors and heralds, these characters played no small part in medieval situations of war. In sources that explain accounts as early as those about Julius Caesar, heralds were already attributed a certain immunity that would protect them for various violent acts through carrying indicators such as white wands. Such heralds served as carriers of messages and defiances, scheduled and arranged the venue of battles, and organized truces since they were perceived to be experts in the code of chivalry.

Keywords:   Agincourt, Montjoy, herald, ambassador, immunity, messages, schedule, defiance, code of chivalry

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