Crusaders, Condottieri, and Cannon: Medieval Warfare in Societies Around the Mediterranean

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Donald Joseph Kagay, L. J. Andrew Villalon
BRILL, 2003 - History - 494 pages
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This volume consists of the work of eighteen established and younger scholars and focuses on the Mediterranean as a military arena during the Middle Ages. The essays center on several pillars of Mediterranean warfare: the crusading movement including the Spanish "reconquista," the development of gunpowder weaponry, the widespread use of mercenaries, and warfare as understood by the lawcodes and intellectuals of the period. A number of articles in this collection present new answers to old historiographical questions.
  

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Contents

War And Peace in the Law Codes of Alfonso X
3
The Realms of Medieval Spain
18
Secular Pragmatism and Thinking about War
19
Crown of Aragon 54
30
The National Defense Clause and the Emergence of
57
Counties of Catalonia
68
Seapowcr in the Fifth
101
The Mongol Presence and Impact in the Lands of
133
Italy and the Companies
285
Northern Spain
306
Property
329
Matilda of Tuscany and
355
Main Routes across the Apennines
385
Reconstructing a Society Organized for War
389
TwelfthCentury Jewish Responses To Crusade And Jihad
417
Bibliography
439

The Effect of Killing the Christian Prisoners at the Battle
157
The crown of Aragon and AlAndalus
175
Warfare Developments in the 15th Century that Related to
251
the Reconquista
253
Genealogies
467
Index
481
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L.J. Andrew Villalon, Ph.D. (1984), Yale University, is currently an Associate Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati. He specializes in Late Medieval and Early Modern European History. His articles have appeared in collections and in journals, including The Catholic Historical Review, the Sixteenth Century Journal, Mediterranean Studies.Donald J. Kagay, Ph.D. (1981), Fordham University, is an Associate Professor at Albany State University. As a specialist on medieval Spain focusing on the law and institutions of the Crown of Aragon, he has published translations of two important eastern Spanish legal texts; Usatges of Barcelona (1981) and Commemorationes of Pere Albert (2002).Both authors have already co-edited two other collections of medieval essays The Final Argument: The Imprint of Violence on Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe and The Circle of War in the Middle Ages. Currently, they are working on their fourth volume, this one dealing with the Hundred Years War.

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