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Examples of Joinville
On page 78 of M. de Wailly’s spirited translation, in the account of the death of Gautier d’Autrèche, we read that when that brave knight was carried back to his tent nearly dying, “several of the surgeons and physicians of the camp came to see him, and not perceiving that he was dangerously injured, they bled him on both his arms.
Nearly the whole French army is annihilated, the King and his companions lie prostrate from wounds and disease, Joinville himself is several times on the point of death; yet nowhere, according to the French reviewer, does the chronicler refer to a medical staff attached to the army or to the person of the King.
How the book came to be written he tells us himself in his dedication, dated in the year 1309, and addressed to Louis le Hutin, then only King of Navarre and Count of Champagne, but afterwards King of France.
He would have scouted it.
That kind of fame might have been good enough for monks and abbots, but it would never at that time have roused the ambition of a man of Joinville’s stamp.