Military Society and the Court of Chivalry in the Age of the Hundred Years War
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18th January 2019

238 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: Warfare in History

Imprint: Boydell Press

Military Society and the Court of Chivalry in the Age of the Hundred Years War

by Philip Caudrey

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An investigation into three of the best-known cases tried under the Court of Chivalry reveals much about gentry military society.
The highest and most sovereign things a knight ought to guard in defence of his estate are his troth and his arms. So declared Richard, Lord Scrope of Bolton, before the Court of Chivalry, eloquently encapsulating the fundamental role heraldic identity played in the lives of the late medieval English gentry. The Court of Chivalry was England's senior military court during the age of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), but unfortunately its medieval registers are now lost and only a bare few cases survive. This book explores three of the best preserved of those cases: Scrope v. Grosvenor (1385-91), Lovel v. Morley (1386-7) and Grey v. Hastings (1407-10), disputes in which competingknightly families claimed rightful possession of the same coat-of-arms. Hundreds of witnesses gave evidence in each of these cases, in the process providing vivid insights into the military, social, and cultural history of late medieval England.
This study asks a number of important questions. How did the plaintiffs and defendants choose their witnesses? What motives and constraints shaped their choices? How did they gain access to the various gentrynetworks that spoke in their defence? To what extent did lordly influence impact upon the composition of each witness list? How well did the witnesses themselves know each other? What role did bonds of regional solidarity play before the Court? Perhaps most significantly, what does the testimony itself reveal about the chivalric culture of the age? These questions enable the historian to probe in considerable depth the character of gentry military society, and its chivalric ethos, at a time when the victories of Edward III (1327-1377) were receding ever deeper into popular memory and the triumphs of Henry V (1413-1422) still lay in the future.

PHILIP CAUDREY is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Tasmania, Australia.
Introduction
Military Service
Lordship
Region, Locality and Community
Soldiers, Civilians and Chivalric Memory
Conclusion
Appendix 1: Deponents' Collective Military Records According to their Own Testimony
Appendix 2: Lancastrian Retainers: Scrope and Hastings Defendants
Appendix 3 Plaintiffs' and Defendants' Biographies
Bibliography
Index
"An excellent book...a carefully assembled study, full of varied interest. It deserves aplace as a significant contribution to the history, mainly the military and social sort, of late medievalEngland." REVIEWS IN HISTORY
"Insightful . . . opens up areas for additional research, notably assessment of comparable courts and cases." JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES
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"This is a valuable study for those interested in understanding late medieval military society in England." CHOICE

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Title Details

18th January 2019

238 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: Warfare in History

Imprint: Boydell Press