The Journal of Medieval Military History

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Overview

The broad topic of medieval warfare is here explored across the full chronological range of the Middle Ages, using a wide variety of approaches, including literary, prosopographical, technological, and narrative-based analysis. A key feature of the journal is its commitment to fostering debate on the most significant issues in medieval military history; that tradition is continued here with Bernard Bachrach's argument against the idea that early medieval military structures and practices were sharply different from Late Antique ones. Individual battles, the Hattin campaign of 1187 and Byzantine war against Bulgaria in 1254-1256, are the focus of two other chapters; an article by Richard Kaeuper (based on his De Re Militari special lecture at the International Congress of Medieval Studies) emphasizes the value of chansons de geste and other "romance" material for understanding the mentalité of the martial lay aristocracy of medieval Christendom; and there are further articles on the factors that motivated gentlemen to fight, in both open warfare, and individual combat. Weapons of warfare are not neglected, with chapters casting light on the development of the crossbow and the trebuchet. CONTRIBUTORS: BERNARD S. BACHRACH, MICHAEL EHRLICH, MICHAEL BASISTA, NICHOLAS S. KANELLOPOULOS, JOANNE K. LEKEA, RICHARD W. KAEUPER, MARK DUPUY, MALCOLM MERCER, STEVEN C. HUGHES

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843833390
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/18/2007
  • Series: Journal of Medieval Military History , #5
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Articles
Literature as Essential Evidence for Understanding Chivalry   Richard W. Kaeuper     1
The Battle of Hattin: A Chronicle of a Defeat Foretold?   Michael Ehrlich     16
Hybrid or Counterpoise? A Study of Transitional Trebuchets   Michael Basista     33
The Struggle between the Nicean Empire and the Bulgarian State (1254-1256): Towards a Revival of Byzantine Military Tactics under Theodore II Laskaris   Nicholas S. Kanellopoulos   Joanne K. Lekea     56
A "Clock-and-Bow" Story: Late Medieval Technology from Monastic Evidence   Mark Dupuy     70
The Strength of Lancastrian Loyalism during the Readeption: Gentry Participation at the Battle of Tewkesbury   Malcolm Mercer     84
Soldiers and Gentlemen: The Rise of the Duel in Renaissance Italy   Steven C. Hughes     99
Debate
"A Lying Legacy" Revisited: The Abels-Morillo Defense of Discontinuity   Bernard S. Bachrach     153
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