by William Morris
Eve of Crecy, The
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Things to Discuss:
How are we able to bring this into the frame of the eve of a battle in which the French suffered an ignominious defeat. Why did Morris introduce a French officer, Lambert du Bois, as part of the evening’s soiree?
About the Poem:
The battle of Crecy, in which Edward III was victorious over the French, was fought in August 1346. It was one of the most important battles of the Hundred Years War. A war that began during the reign of Edward III in 1337and lasted until Henry VI in 1453. This particular battle was won by the English. The wars began when the English laid claim to the French Crown. The end result was the English were expelled from the whole of France, with the exception of the coastal port of Calais.
About the Poet:
William Morris (1834-1896) an English artist, designer of furnishings, poet, self-announced socialist, and architect. He studied with Dante Gabriel Rossetti, established his own manufacturing and decorating firm known as Morris & Co. He was fascinated by old historical events and much of his writing includes translations of the early Greek and Norse heroic tales. He was an admirer of the social reformist, John Ruskin.