Galloglass 1250-1600: Gaelic Mercenary Warrior

Galloglass 1250-1600: Gaelic Mercenary Warrior


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846035777
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Series: Warrior
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 687,699
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.20(d)

About 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.

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




Conditions of Service 24

Contracts and bonds of vassalage

Freelance galloglass

Ranks and unit structure

The consabal

Pay and rations


Billets and accommodation

Discipline in the ranks

Accommodation for the officers

On Campaign 33

Irish armies


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


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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