War and Chivalry: The Conduct and Perception of War in England and Normandy, 1066-1217

War and Chivalry: The Conduct and Perception of War in England and Normandy, 1066-1217

by Matthew Strickland, Strickland Matthew
     
 

ISBN-10: 052144392X

ISBN-13: 9780521443920

Pub. Date: 06/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the first detailed study of the behavior in war of the military aristocracy in England and Normandy from the Norman Conquest to the reign of King John (1066-1217). Though methods of warfare are integral to the book, the emphasis is on conduct in battle and siege rather than with tactics and strategy. It explores ideas of ransom and the treatment of

Overview

This is the first detailed study of the behavior in war of the military aristocracy in England and Normandy from the Norman Conquest to the reign of King John (1066-1217). Though methods of warfare are integral to the book, the emphasis is on conduct in battle and siege rather than with tactics and strategy. It explores ideas of ransom and the treatment of prisoners, the extent to which there was a "brotherhood in arms" among noble opponents, and how the knights treated the peasantry and churchmen in wartime.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521443920
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of illustrations and maps; 1. Introduction: the conquest and chivalry; 2. A 'law of arms'?; 3. A Christian chivalry? War, piety and sacrilege; 4. Honour, shame and reputation; 5. Conduct in battle: a brotherhood in arms?; 6. The limits of chivalry and the realities of battle; 7. Ransom and the treatment of prisoners; 8. Respite, resistance and honourable surrender: conventions of siege warfare; 9. Rebellion, treason and the punishment of revolt; 10. War against the land: ravaging and attrition; 11. Total war? The Scots and the routiers; 12. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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