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War and Chivalry
The Conduct and Perception of War in England and Normandy, 1066–1217


  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521023467

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  • This is the first large-scale study of conduct in warfare and the nature of chivalry in the Anglo-Norman period. The extent to which the knighthood consciously sought to limit the extent of fatalities among its members is explored through a study of notions of a 'brotherhood in arms', the actualities of combat and the effectiveness of armour, the treatment of prisoners, and the workings of ransom. Were there 'laws of war' in operation in the eleventh and twelfth centuries and, if so, were they binding? How far did notions of honour affect knights' actions in war itself? Conduct in war against an opposing suzerain such as the Capetian king is contrasted to behaviour in situations of rebellion and of civil war. An overall context is provided by an examination of the behaviour in war of the Scots and the mercenary routiers, both accused of perpetrating 'atrocities'.

    • The first full-scale, integral study of the behaviour of the aristocratic knighthood in the Anglo-Norman period
    • Offers a wide-ranging, illustrated account of interest to enthusiasts of military history as well as academic specialists
    • Contains fascinating material of topical interest on the conduct and ethics of war
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    '… a superb book of notable importance with a relevance well beyond the confines of its title.' English Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521023467
    • length: 416 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations and maps
    1. Introduction: the conquest and chivalry
    2. A 'law of arms'?
    3. A Christian chivalry? War, piety and sacrilege
    4. Honour, shame and reputation
    5. Conduct in battle: a brotherhood in arms?
    6. The limits of chivalry and the realities of battle
    7. Ransom and the treatment of prisoners
    8. Respite, resistance and honourable surrender: conventions of siege warfare
    9. Rebellion, treason and the punishment of revolt
    10. War against the land: ravaging and attrition
    11. Total war? The Scots and the routiers
    12. Conclusion

  • Author

    Matthew Strickland, University of Glasgow

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