THE CALAIS LETTER BOOK OF WILLIAM LORD HASTINGS (1477) and Late Medieval Crisis Diplomacy 1477-83

By Edward L. Meek

This book is the text and translation of letters written by William, Lord Hastings, Lieutenant of Calais, during the first months of an international crisis that followed the death of Charles the Bold, duke of Burgundy, at Nancy in January 1477. During the subsequent war between France and Burgundy England maintained diplomatic relations with both parties despite Edward IV’s sister Margaret being Charles of Burgundy’s widow. The book contains a full introduction both to the letters and to subsequent events up to 1483. A foldout plan of a later copy of a contemporary map of the Calais region is included.