Galloglass 1250-1600: Gaelic Mercenary Warrior

Overview

Galloglass, from the Gaelic gall�glaigh for 'young foreign warriors', were mercenaries from the Western Isles of Scotland who fought in the retinues of Irish magnates from the mid-13th century until the early 17th century. Without question, galloglass are among the most visually impressive warriors of all time: they were sketched by Albrecht D�rer, were mentioned by Shakespeare, and were discussed with awe and amazement in the correspondence of all the leading Elizabethan soldiers who served in Ireland. ...
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Overview

Galloglass, from the Gaelic gall�glaigh for 'young foreign warriors', were mercenaries from the Western Isles of Scotland who fought in the retinues of Irish magnates from the mid-13th century until the early 17th century. Without question, galloglass are among the most visually impressive warriors of all time: they were sketched by Albrecht D�rer, were mentioned by Shakespeare, and were discussed with awe and amazement in the correspondence of all the leading Elizabethan soldiers who served in Ireland. Thousands fought in Ireland, and yet so far there has been only one detailed account of the galloglass, and this work concentrates on the clan and family structures of the galloglass, and not their experience as warriors. This book provides the first detailed military history of these fearsome warriors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846035777
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,169,954
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Fergus Cannan is a writer and historian descended from an assortment of Highland warriors, Jacobites and bonnet lairds. With degrees from King's College London and Bristol University, he is a countryman who worked for eight years in museums, and has published widely on the military, social and art history of the medieval British Isles.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chronology 4

Recruitment 6

'Home' to Ireland

Irish galloglass

Training and Selection 13

The hereditary tradition

England's 'foul over-sight'

Appearance 17

Clothing

Armour

Weapons

Conditions of Service 24

Contracts and bonds of vassalage

Freelance galloglass

Ranks and unit structure

The consabal

Pay and rations

Diet

Billets and accommodation

Discipline in the ranks

Accommodation for the officers

On Campaign 33

Irish armies

Raiding

The dynamics of the raid

Making camp

The Galloglass Experience of Battle 36

Before the battle

Surprise and night attacks

Standing guard

Vanguard and attack

To hand blows

The defensive screen

Rearguard actions

Ambushes

Victory over the English: Meath 1423

Galloglass against galloglass: Knockdoe 1504

Loyalty to the end: Monasternenagh 1579

Ethos and Motivation 44

Odium humanitatis

Famine and homicide

Vassals and empire builders

The lord's galloglass

Into government service

Constables of the Pale

Retirement and reward

'Like anatomies of death'

The galloglass and the keys to heaven

Places to Visit 59

Glossary 60

Select Bibliography 62

Index 64

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