Knights and Warhorses: Military Service and the English Aristocracy under Edward III

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The mounted, armoured knight is one of the most potent symbols of medieval civilisation, a persistent image leaping out from the folios of illuminated manuscripts and the texts of the chroniclers of chivalry. For much of the middle ages the armoured warhorse was what defined a man-at-arms at muster, and what set him apart as a member of the military class. However, despite the status of the knightly warrior in medieval society, the military service of the later medieval English aristocracy remains an ...
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The mounted, armoured knight is one of the most potent symbols of medieval civilisation, a persistent image leaping out from the folios of illuminated manuscripts and the texts of the chroniclers of chivalry. For much of the middle ages the armoured warhorse was what defined a man-at-arms at muster, and what set him apart as a member of the military class. However, despite the status of the knightly warrior in medieval society, the military service of the later medieval English aristocracy remains an unaccountably neglected subject, while the warhorse itself has never attracted a major study based upon archival sources. This book seeks to open up what are, then, effectively new fields of research. Andrew Ayton focuses in particular on the horse inventories, documents which offer detailed lists of men-at-arms and their appraised warhorses. They are of importance as a guide to the identities, status and attitudes of men-at-arms, from wealthy earls to humble esquires, and few records of military service are as reliable or as complete. But the unique value of these inventories lies in their association of warhorse and man-at-arms, for a horse's valuation and other attributes can be used as a measure of its owner's social and military status. Dr. Ayton is primarily concerned with the inventories and related records for Edward III's reign, a period which witnessed significant changes in the organisation of the English fighting machine; the documents produced during this period of 'military revolution' cast valuable light on the character and attitudes of the aristocratic military community at a time when their traditional role was in the course of re-evaluation. Attention is also given to the administrative mechanisms and other circumstances involved in the generation of the inventories; and also to the place of horse appraisal in the package of payments and benefits (the terms of service) offered to men-at-arms serving for the king's pay.
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A first-rate study of the terms of military service of knights and their mounts. HISTORY TODAY A judicious and illuminating survey... deserves a wide readership. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW Dr Ayton has transformed understanding of Edward III's armies - compulsory reading for anyone interested in the Hundred Years War. WAR IN HISTORY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851155685
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/1994
  • Pages: 311

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Military Revolution in Edwardian England 9
2 The Warhorse and Aristocratic Society 26
The image of the aristocratic warrior in fourteenth-century England 26
The English warhorse in the fourteenth century: the sources 38
3 The Horse Inventories: Documents and Administrative Processes 49
Inventories and restauro equorum accounts 49
The appraisal of warhorses 50
Compensation for losses 71
4 Restauro Equorum, Vadia Guerre and the Profits of War 84
Pay and the appraisal of warhorses: the reigns of Edward I and Edward II 84
A period of experiment: the reign of Edward III 96
The end of restauro equorum 120
5 The Personnel of Edwardian Armies: An Assessment of the Sources 138
The vadia guerre accounts 138
Letters of protection, charters of pardon and muster rolls 156
The horse inventories 169
6 The Warhorses of the Edwardian Aristocracy 194
Chronological overview 194
The reliability of the evidence 198
The warhorse in fourteenth-century England: rise and decline 209
Knights and esquires 224
Captains and retinues 229
App. 1. The Scottish Campaign, 1336 257
App. 2. The Breton Campaign, 1342-43 258
App. 3. The Reims Campaign, 1359-60 265
Bibliography 272
Index 291
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