9781857284676

Western Warfare In The Age Of The Crusades, 1000-1300

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    9781857284676

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    1857284674

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1999-01-13
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

In 1095 the First Crusade was launched, establishing a great military endeavour which was a central preoccupation of Europeans until the end of the thirteenth century. In Western warfare in the age of the Crusades, 1000-1300John France offers a wide-ranging and challenging survey of war and warfare and its place in the development of European Society, culture and economy in the period of the Crusades. Placing the crusades in a wider context, this book brings together the wealth of recent scholarly research on such issues as knighthood, siege warfare, chivalry and fortifications into an accessible form. Western warfare in the age of the Crusades, 1000-1300examines the nature of war in the period 1000-1300 and argues that it was primarily shaped by the people who conducted war - the landowners. John France illuminates the role of property concerns in producing the characteristic instruments of war: the castle and the knight. This authoritative study details the way in which war was fought and the reasons for it as well as reflecting on the society which produced the crusades.

Table of Contents

The means of war
The men of war
Causes, aims and objectives
Battle and war, 1000-1152
War and the state in the 12th century
War, ideology and chivalry in the 11th and 12th centuries
Bouvines and its myth
Battle and warfare in the 13th century
Civilization versus the barbarians
Warfare and change
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