Narrating a Massacre: The Writing of History and Emotions as Response to the Battle of Nicopolis (1396)
The massacre of French crusaders at Nicopolis (1396) was a traumatic experience for the battered kingdom of France. In this paper, I will study the emotional representation of the battle in three texts: the anonymous Chronique du Religieux de Saint-Denis (15th century), the anonymous Livre des faits du bon messier Jehan le Maingre, dit Boucicaut (1407–1409), and finally Johannes Schiltberger’s Reisebuch (first printed around 1460). I argue that the representation of history in these three works depends on their genres, which highly influences the emotionology of their narration. Because they were intended for different audiences, their very different approaches to the same event underline how genre influences the narration of history, and how emotions are a crucial component in this narratology of history.