The Soldier Experience in the Fourteenth Century
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244 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

13 line. Illustrations

Series: Warfare in History

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Soldier Experience in the Fourteenth Century

Edited by Adrian R. Bell and Anne Curry

With Adam Chapman Andy King David Simpkin

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Essays throwing fresh light on what it was like to be a medieval soldier, drawing on archival research.
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
Introduction
Military Service and the Dynamics of Recruitment in Fourteenth-Century England - Dr Andrew Ayton
Total War in the Middle Ages?: The Contribution of English Landed Society to the Wars of Edward I and Edward II - David Simpkin
A Warlike People? Gentry Enthusiasm for Edward I's Scottish Campaigns, 1296-1307 - Andrew Spencer
Edward I's Centurions: Professional Soldiers in an Era of Militia Armies - David S. Bachrach
Who's afraid of the Big Bad Bruce? Balliol Scots and 'English Scots' during the second Scottish War of Independence - Iain A. MacInnes
Rebels, Uchelwyr and Parvenus: Welsh Knights in the Fourteenth Century - Adam Chapman
Breton Soldiers from the Battle of the Thirty [26 March 1351] to Nicopolis [25 September 1396] - Michael Jones
Towards a Rehabilitation of Froissart's Credibility: the non fictitious Bascot de Mauléon - Guilhem Pepin
The English Reversal of Fortunes in the 1370s and the Experience of Prisoners of War - Remy Ambuhl
The Soldier, 'hadde he riden, no man ferre' - Adrian R. Bell

Anne Curry is professor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton, and author of many works on the Hundred Years War, particularly on the battle of Agincourt. She edited the 1422-53 section of the Parliament Rolls of Medieval England, and has also played a major part in the electronic edition of the Gascon Rolls, now online.

"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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Title Details

244 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

13 line. Illustrations

Series: Warfare in History

Imprint: Boydell Press