Anglo-Norman Warfare: Studies in Late Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman Military Organization and Warfare

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Boydell & Brewer, 1992 - History - 277 pages
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The influence of war on late Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman society was dominant and all-pervasive. Here in this book, gathered together for the first time, are fundamental articles on warfare in England and Normandy in the 11th and 12th centuries, combining the work of some of the foremost scholars in the field. Redressing the tendency to study military institutions and obligations in isolation from the practice of war, equal emphasis is given both to organisation and composition of forces, and to strategy, tactics and conduct of war. The result is not only an in-depth analysis of the nature of war itself, but a study of warfare in a broader social, political and cultural context. The Themes dealt with largely span the period of the Conquest, offering an assessment of the extent to which the Norman invasion marked radical change or a degree of continuity in the composition of armies and in methods of fighting. This important collection, with an introduction and select bibliography, will be is essential not simply for the student of medieval warfare, but for all studying Anglo-Norman society and its ruling warrior aristocracy whose raison d'Ítre was war. Contributors: NICHOLAS HOOPER, MARJORIE CHIBNALL, J.C. HOLT, J.O. PRESTWICH, R. ALLEN BROWN, JOHN GILLINGHAM, JIM BRADBURY, MATTHEW STRICKLAND, MATTHEW BENNETT.
  

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Contents

The Housecarls in England in the Eleventh Century
1
Some Observations on the Navy in Late AngloSaxon England
17
The Introduction of Knight Service in England
41
War and Finance in the AngloNorman State
59
Mercenaries and the Familia Regis under Henry I
84
The Status of the Norman Knight
128
William the Bastard at War
143
The Battle of Hastings
161
Battles in England and Normandy 10661154
182
Invasion and the Strategy of Defence in Twelfth
208
Wace and Warfare
230
War and Chivalry in the History of William the Marshal
251
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
265
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