Renaissance Military Memoirs

July 2004
240 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Warfare in History
ISBN: 9781843830641
Format: Hardback
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Boydell Press

Renaissance Military Memoirs

War, History and Identity, 1450-1600

Yuval Noah Harari

Renaissance military memoirs studied for what they reveal of contemporary attitudes towards war, selfhood and identity.
This is a study of autobiographical writings of Renaissance soldiers. It outlines the ways in which they reflect Renaissance cultural, political and historical consciousness, with a particular focus on conceptions of war, history, selfhood and identity. A vivid picture of Renaissance military life and military mentality emerges, which sheds light on the attitude of Renaissance soldiers both towards contemporary historical developments such as the rise of the modern state, and towards such issues as comradeship, women, honor, violence, and death. Comparison with similar medieval and twentieth-century material highlights the differences in the Renaissance soldier's understanding of war and of human experience.

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A fine monograph [...] well-organized and well-written. [...] Dr Harari is to be congratulated for a clear and effective treatment of a body of work which will surely spawn further research into the chimera of battlefield experience. DE RE MILITARI

Resting on a large corpus of evidence, carefully sifted and digested, it is informative and historiographically provocative. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

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