Title Medieval Warfare (Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures Series)
Subtitle A Reader
Author Kelly DeVries, Michael Livingston
ISBN 9781442636699
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 392
Book size 165 x 235 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
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Medieval Warfare: A Reader is a real treasure trove, covering the whole gamut of European war from battle between the Romans and the Goths in the fourth century to the Ottoman capture of Rhodes from the Knights Hospitaller in the early sixteenth century. It includes extracts of every kind of written record of war: poetry, treaties, contemporary comment, official letters, instruction manuals, account books, regulations, battle orations, declarations of war, songs of triumph, and lamentations. There are writings by men and women, warriors and non-combatants. This is the essential primary-source handbook to medieval warfare.”

H.J. Nicholson, Cardiff University

“DeVries and Livingston offer us a brilliant guided tour of medieval warfare organized by themes and chronologically. This is an original solution, quite formative and very striking, which undoubtedly projects a new light on medieval military history!”

João Gouveia Monteiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal

“Offering an array of source materials that are simultaneously broad and deep, the editors have curated an incisive exhibition of medieval warfare. Armies and fortifications are prepared, campaigns and battles are waged, fire and sword threaten and destroy, triumphs and glory are gained, disasters are suffered, and the butcher’s bill is counted with blood, coin, and lamentations. Its focus on war as a profoundly human endeavor affecting all aspects of society is unrelenting. This collection will be enormously useful for students in all fields of medieval studies and beyond.”

John D. Hosler, Command and General Staff College


Medieval Warfare: A Reader examines how armed conflict was experienced in the Middle Ages both on the field of battle and at home. This comprehensive collection of more than 130 primary-source materials—some translated here for the first time—traces over one thousand years of military developments, including the fall of Rome, the fight for Jerusalem, the building of castles and other fortifications, the rise of gunpowder, and the negotiation of treaties. Developed by two of the leading experts in medieval military history, the readings tell stories of terrors and tragedies, triumphs and technologies in the Middle Ages. By reclaiming the voices of victims and veterans that have previously been ignored, the editors stake out a powerful new perspective on the long history of military conflict and suffering.




General Introduction


Recommended Reading

Part One: The Casualties of War

A. Those Who Mourned • On the Thuringian War (after 561) • Wulf and Eadwacer (c. 1000) • A Crusader’s Lament (1096-1300) • Destruction from the Hundred Years War (1361)

B. Those Who Fought • Riddles on Armaments (c. 1000) • Massacre at Civetot (1096) • Battle of Waun Gaseg (c. 1410) • Pity the Veteran Soldiers (c. 1420)

C. Those Who Feared • After the Siege of Arles (507-508) • Devastation of Villages (1215) • Local Atrocities (1358) • The Poor in War (1425)

Part Two: The Preparations for War

A. Theories of WarI. Just War • The Just War (before 430) • The Call to Crusade (1095) • Take Her Husband, Please (1212) • How We Die (1481) • II. Regulating War • Declaration of a Truce of God (1063) • Criticism of the Second Crusade (1149) • Curse on Those Who Require the Making of Arms (1374) • Wyclif against War (1375) • End the Hundred Years War (1395)

B. Training for War • Vegetius on Fortifications and Siege Preparation (c. 388) • Rule of the Templars (1135-1165) • Practice Archery, Not Games (1363) • The Training of Boucicaut (1409) • How to Conduct a Siege (c. 1425?)

C. Chivalry • The Function of Knighthood (1159) • The Decadence of Knights (1250) • Becoming a Knight (1352) • Peace-Time Jousts at Saint-Inglevert (1390) • The Decline of Chivalry (1483-1485)

D. Financing War • Military Obligations of Landholders (743) • The Saladin Tithe and Crusader Ordinances (1188) • Roll Tax (1379)

E. Outfitting for WarI. Individual • Renting a Suit of Armor (1248) • The Arming of Sir Gawain (c. 1360) • Margaret Paston to Her Husband (1449) • II. Militia • Florentine Militia Requirements (1260) • Provisions for the Ostend Militia (1436) • Troyes Arsenal (1474) • III. State • Fortifications at Dara (6th century) • Construction of Saphet Castle (c. 1263) • A Weapons Dowry (1449)

F. Recruiting and Obligations • Charlemagne’s Way of Raising Troops (801-811) • Pope Gregory Pleads for Matilda to Lead a Crusade (1074) • Levy of Troops for the Wars in Bohemia (1422) • Indenture of War (1415)

Part Three: The Waging of War

A. Plans and Rules • Barbarossa’s Rules of the Army (1158) • Spring Is for Warfare (1184-1188) • Payment for Camp Workers (1378) • Ordinances of a Combined Army (1385) • Battle Plan for Agincourt (1415) • Maintaining Discipline (1419) • How to Attack Venice (1517)

B. The March • Accounts of the Third Crusade (mid-1190s) • Costs of the Seventh Crusade (1256) • Army on March and in Camp (1304) • Itinerary of the Crecy Campaign (1346) • Array of Verona (1386) • Agincourt: March and Battle (1415) • Transport of Artillery (1474)

C. Declaration and Oration • Oration against the Thuringians (6th century) • Battle of the Standard (1138) • Declaration of War against Philip II Augustus (1212) • A King’s Challenge (1340) • Joan of Arc’s Letter to the English (1429)

D. The FightI. On Land • Battle of Adrianople (378) • Battle of Dan (530) • Battle and Aftermath of the Catalaunian Plains (551) • Battle of Hastings (1066) • Battle of Hattin (1187) • Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa (1212) • Battle of the Golden Spurs (1302) • Battle of Crecy (1346) • Battle of Othee (1408) • Battle of Barnet (1471) • II. At Sea • Battle of Nisa (1062) • Landing in Egypt (1249) • Naval Warfare between Pisa and Genoa (1284) • Fighting the Saracens at Sea (1325-1332) • Battle of Winchelsea (1350) • III. In Siege • Siege of Jerusalem (614) • Siege of Paris (885-886) • Siege of Thessaloniki (904) • Fight at Finnesburh (c. 1000) • Siege of Jerusalem: Wood and War (1099) • Siege of Lisbon (1147) • Siege of Orleans (1429) • Siege of Constantinople (1453) • Siege of Rhodes (1480)

E. Feats of Bravery • Battle of Maldon (991) • Gathering Bolts at Tournai (1340) • Archer-Woman of Karia (1341) • The Maid of Orleans (1429-1431) • The Unconquered Knight (c. 1440)

F. The Margins of War • Camp-Followers Win a Battle (1018) • Hiring a Foreign Engineer (c. 1180) • Slaughter of Non-combatants (1203) • Piracy in the English Channel (c. 1250) • Contract for Genoese Mercenaries (1337) • Payment for Spies (1343) • English Mercenaries in Italy (1361-1364) • Mercenaries Disguised as Women (1388)

G. Duels • Song of Hildebrand and Hadubrand (c. 800) • Siege, Duel, and Battle at Halidon Hill (1333) • Joust between Armies (1387)

Part Four: The Outcomes of War

A. Wounds of War • Death on the Field (1289) • Curing a Royal Head-Wound (1403) • Cauterizing a Wound (c. 1440) • After the Battle of Barnet (1471) • Richard III’s Death (1485)

B. Victory and Surrender • Charlemagne Defeats the Saxons (804) • Jomsvikings Meet Their End (986) • Aftermath of Hattin (1187) • Execution of the Prisoners at Acre (1191) • Execution of the Prisoners at Nicopolis (1396)

C. Pillage and Booty • Siege of Worcester (1139) • Plundering Relics (1204) • Razing Enemy Property (1403)

D. Prisoners and Ransoms • Enslaving Noble Hostages (511) • Gospel Book Ransomed from Vikings (c. 800) • Surrender to Blanche of Navarre (1218) • Announcement of Victory (1356) • Ransom Of a Knight (1356)

E. The Fallen • Mongol Devastation in Hungary (1241) • Destruction of the Mongols (1247) • Identifying the Dead (1346) • Expenses for the Quartering of Hotspur (1403)

F. An End of War • Two Sides of a Treaty (1245) • The Burghers of Calais (1346) • General Amnesty to Rebels (1411) • After the Fall of Constantinople (1453) • Ottoman Treaty with the Venetians (1478) • Surrender of Rhodes to Suleyman (1522)

G. Memorialization • Battle of Brunanburh (c. 955) • Lament for Jerusalem (1099) • Defeat of Igor (1185) • Song of the Battle of the Golden Spurs (1302) • The Founding of Battlefield Church (1406)





About the Editors:

Kelly DeVries is a professor in the Department of History at Loyola University, Maryland and an honorary historical consultant at the Royal Armouries, UK.
Michael Livingston is a professor in the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Communications at The Citadel

Target Audience:

Useful for people interested in military history and medieval studies.


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