John of Salisbury: Military Authority of the Twelfth-Century Renaissance


In John of Salisbury, John D. Hosler examines the military content in the corpus of John of Salisbury, a prodigious writer and major English intellectual figure in the twelfth century A.D.
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In John of Salisbury, John D. Hosler examines the military content in the corpus of John of Salisbury, a prodigious writer and major English intellectual figure in the twelfth century A.D.
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"a very successful book. Hosler deserves great credit for so cogently demonstrating the importance of John of Salisbury as military thinker and reliable source regarding contemporary ideas about the conduct of war and our own understanding of them. One hopes his book will be a model for future studies of other medieval writers that will further illuminate the significance of military education in the medieval period. I recommend this text both to specialists and to medieval scholars generally." review by David S. Bachrach, The University of New Hampshire, in Michigan War Studies Review, 2013-100, 16 December 2013.
"In this fine book, Hosler provides a fascinating study of the ways in which a twelfth-century scholar viewed war. While John of Salisbury’s writings on military matters are very unlikely to have influenced the practice of war, this excellent study has illuminated a neglected aspect of his thought, one conditioned far more by his reading of the classics than by his knowledge of contemporary events and practices". Michael Prestwich, University of Durham, in Journal of Military History, 78/1, 2014, 347-8
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004226630
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/17/2013
  • Series: History of Warfare, #89
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. Hosler, Ph.D. (2005), University of Delaware, is Associate Professor of British History at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Specializing in medieval French and English warfare, he is the author of Henry II: A Medieval Soldier at War, 1147-1189 (Brill, 2007).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements … ix
Abbreviations … xi

Introduction … 1
1. John’s Military Lexicon … 11
2. The Soldiers … 39
3. Organization and Logistics … 63
4. Armies at War … 87
5. The Language of War … 119
6. Contemporary Military Accounts … 149
Conclusion … 173


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