Warfare in Feudal Europe, 730-1200

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Cornell University Press, 1971 - History - 272 pages
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This is the only survey of feudal warfare in Europe aimed primarily for the general reader who may know little about either medieval or military history. The author discusses military feudalism as it originated and developed in the Frankish kingdom of the Carolingians and as it operated during the early Capetian period in the Ile-de-France and the feudal principalities of northern France. He treats each of the major regions where feudalism was a conscious importation, showing how such factors as native military institutions, the pattern of landholding economic structure, and manpower problems worked to modify feudal military institutions and practices.
  

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John Beeler has attempted a survey of a large subject, and has tried to show how some regional variation in force composition and techniques were inevitable since the environment imposed such changes ... Read full review

Contents

Warfare in Carolingian Europe i
13
Military Feudalism and the Early Capetians
31
Warfare in Norman Italy
60
The Norman Occupation of England
89
A Feudal Military Frontier
120
Warfare in Southern France and Christian Spain
151
Feudal Wars in Central
185
Military Feudalism in Germany
215
Conclusion
245
Bibliographic Note
255
Index
261
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