The "long" fourteenth century saw England fighting wars on a number of diverse fronts - not just abroad, in the Hundred Years War, but closer to home. But while tactics, battles, and logistics have been frequently discussed, the actual experience of being a soldier has been less often studied. Via a careful re-evaluation of original sources, and the use of innovative methodological techniques such as statistical analysis and the use of relational databases, the essays here bring new insights to bear on soldiers, both as individuals and as groups. Topics addressed include military service and the dynamics of recruitment; the social composition of the armies; the question of whether soldiers saw their role as a "profession"; and the experience of prisoners of war. Contributors: Andrew Ayton, David Simpkin, Andrew Spencer, David Bachrach, Iain MacInnes, Adam Chapman, Michael Jones, Guilhem Pepin, Remy Ambuhl, Adrian R. Bell
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 594 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 21 mm
A vivid and detailed picture of the variety and flexibility of the century's military forces. THE HISTORIAN Contains a great deal of valuable and thought-provoking research. JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR ARMY HISTORICAL RESEARCH Sustains the claim that few areas of medieval studies have flourished as much in recent years as military history has done. ANNUAL BULLETIN OF HISTORICAL LITERATURE An important volume. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY Contribute[s] in several significant ways to our knowledge of late medieval English military history. [...] The groundbreaking efforts of these historians open the way for more extensive future investigations. MEDIEVAL WARFARE Extraordinarily rewarding. MUHLBERGER'S WORLD HISTORY
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