Journal of Medieval Military History

Journal of Medieval Military History

Volume VIII

Edited by Clifford J. Rogers, Kelly DeVries, John France

A collection which highlights "the range and richness of scholarship on medieval warfare, military institutions, and cultures of conflict that characterize the field". History 95 [2010]
The journal's hallmark of a broad chronological, geographic, and thematic coverage of the subject is underlined in this volume. It begins with an examination of the brief but fascinating career of an armed league of (mostly) commoners who fought to suppress mercenary bands and to impose a reign of peace in southern France in 1182-1184. This is followed by a thorough re-examination of Matilda of Tuscany's defeat of Henry IV in 1090-97. Two pieces on Hispanic topics - a substantial analysis of the remarkable military career of Jaime I "the Conqueror" of Aragon (r. 1208-1276), and a case study of the campaigns of a single Spanish king, Enrique II of Castile (r. 1366-79), contributing to the active debate over the role of open battle in medieval strategy - come next. Shorter essays deal with the size of the Mongol armies that threatened Europe in the mid-thirteenth century, and with a surprising literary description, dating to 1210-1220, of a knight employing the advanced surgical technique of thoracentesis. Further contributions correct the common misunderstanding of the nature of deeds of arms à outrance in the fifteenth century, and dissect the relevance of the "infantry revolution" and "artillery revolution" to the French successes at the end of the Hundred Years War. The final note explores what etymology can reveal about the origins of the trebuchet.

Clifford Rogers is Professor of History, West Point Military Academy; Kelly DeVries is Professor of History, Loyola College, Maryland; John France is Professor of History at the University of Swansea.

Contributors: John France, Valerie Eads, Don Kagay, Carl Sverdrup, Jolyon T. Hughes, L. J. Andrew Villalon, Will McLean, Anne Curry, Will Sayers

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Table of Contents

People against Mercenaries: the Capuchins in Southern Gaul - John France
The Last Italian Expedition of Henry IV: Re-reading the Vita Mathildis of Donizone of Canossa - Valerie Eads
Jaime I of Aragon: Child and Master of the Spanish Reconquest - Donald Kagay
Numbers in Mongol Warfare - Carl Sverdrup
Battlefield Medicine in Wolfram's Parzival - Jolyon T. Hughes
Battle-Seeking, Battle-Avoiding or Perhaps Just Battle-Willing? Applying the Gillingham Paradigm to Enrique II of Castile - Andrew Villalon
Outrance and Plaisance - Will McLean
Guns and Goddams: Was there a Military Revolution in Lancastrian Normandy 1415-50? - Anne Curry
The Name of the Siege Engine Trebuchet: Etymology and History in Medieval France and Britain - William Sayers


This journal provides the reader with access to reasoned, illustrated, evidenced discussions that represent the most up-to-date developments of important themes. [.] If you are serious about gaining an understanding of medieval military history these contributions are important. HOBILAR

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