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The Soldier Experience in the Fourteenth Century


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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


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, vol. 57, 2013

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


First Published: 17 Nov 2011
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843836742
Pages: 244
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
BIC Class: HBW

Details updated on 30 Mar 2016


  • 1  Introduction
  • 2  Military Service and the Dynamics of Recruitment in Fourteenth-Century England
  • 3  Total War in the Middle Ages?: The Contribution of English Landed Society to the Wars of Edward I and Edward II
  • 4  A Warlike People? Gentry Enthusiasm for Edward I's Scottish Campaigns, 1296-1307
  • 5  Edward I's Centurions: Professional Soldiers in an Era of Militia Armies
  • 6  Who's afraid of the Big Bad Bruce? Balliol Scots and 'English Scots' during the second Scottish War of Independence
  • 7  Rebels, Uchelwyr and Parvenus: Welsh Knights in the Fourteenth Century
  • 8  Breton Soldiers from the Battle of the Thirty [26 March 1351] to Nicopolis [25 September 1396]
  • 9  Towards a Rehabilitation of Froissart's Credibility: the non fictitious Bascot de Mauléon
  • 10  The English Reversal of Fortunes in the 1370s and the Experience of Prisoners of War
  • 11  The Soldier, 'hadde he riden, no man ferre'