Mercenaries and Paid Men: The Mercenary Identity in the Middle Ages: Proceedings of a Conference Held at University of Wales, Swansea, 7th-9th J

The Mercenary Identity in the Middle Ages
 
 
Brill (Verlag)
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Why were mercenaries such a commonplace of war in the medieval and early modern periods and why have they traditionally been so poorly regarded? Who were mercenaries, and how were they distinguished from other soldiers? The contributors to this volume attempt to cast light on these questions.
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John France, BA.PhD. (Nottingham) is Professor of Medieval History at Swansea University. He has published extensively on medieval military history, especially on the crusades. His Victory in the East is the military history of the First Crusade.
List of Contributors Introduction .. 1 1. William Marshal and the Mercenariat .. 15 David Crouch 2. Revisiting Mercenaries under Henry Fitz Empress, 1167-1188 .. 33 John D. Hosler 3. Medieval Mercenaries: Methodology, Defi nitions, and Problems .. 43 Kelly DeVries 4. Les Mercenaires dans les Campagnes Napolitaines de Louis le Grand, Roi de Hongrie, 1347-1350 .. 61 Guido Guerri dall'Oro 5. The Da Varano Lords of Camerino as Condottiere Princes .. 89 John E. Law 6. 'Beneath the Battle'? Miners and Engineers as 'Mercenaries' in the Holy Land (XII-XIII siecles) .. 105 Nicolas Prouteau 7. Soldiers of Fortune in the Fleets of Charles I of Anjou, King of Sicily, ca. 1265-85 .. 119 John H. Pryor 8. Household Men, Mercenaries and Vikings in Anglo-Saxon England .. 143 Richard Abels 9. Merovingian Mercenaries and Paid Soldiers in Imperial Perspective .. 167 Professor Bernard S. Bachrach 10. The Early Hungarians as Mercenaries 860-955 .. 193 Charles R. Bowlus 11. 'Warriors Fit for a Prince': Welsh Troops in Angevin Service, 1154-1216 .. 207 I.W. Rowlands 12. Urban Military Forces of England and Germany c. 1240-c. 1315, a Comparison .. 231 David S. Bachrach 13. Mercenaries, Mamluks and Militia: Towards a Cross-cultural Typology of Military Service .. 243 Stephen Morillo 14. The Anglo-Flemish Treaties and Flemish Soldiers in England 1101-1163 .. 261 Eljas Oksanen 15. The Origin of Money-Fiefs in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem .. 275 Alan V. Murray 16. Mercenaries and Paid Men in Gilbert of Mons .. 287 Laura Napran 17. The Fourteenth Century Soldier-More Chaucer's Knight or Medieval Career? .. 301 Adrian R. Bell 18. What does a Mercenary Leave Behind? The Archaeological Evidence for the Estates of Owain Lawgoch .. 317 Spencer Gavin Smith 19. The Role of Mercenary Troops in Spain in the Fourteenth Century: the Civil War .. 331 Carlos Andres Gonzalez Paz 20. The Teutonic Order's Mercenaries during the 'Great War' with Poland-Lithuania (1409-11) .. 345 Sven Ekdahl 21. Scots Mercenary Forces in Sixteenth Century Ireland .. 363 Muriosa Prendergast 22. The Irish Mercenary Tradition in the 1600s .. 383 Ciaran Og O'Reilly Index
"This stimulating collection of conference papers illustrates the
changing nature of military history today. The combination of Whig
and Puritan history that made mercenaries into representatives of the
bad old days is disappearing. Historians are looking at them again,
some wanting to understand how the process of recruiting foreign (or
more local) warriors worked in social, economic, and political terms;
some recognizing that Machiavelli's contemporaries had good reasons
for ignoring his ideas; and some even seeing mercenaries as a step
toward national armies"

Reviewed by William Urban in H-HRE, H-Net Reviews. May, 2009.URL: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=22832
Mercenaries have always had a poor press. Theirs is one of the world's oldest professions, but the very word has profoundly negative connotations of infidelity and ruthlessness. But were they so different from soldiers? Why, in any case, were they so omnipresent in the warfare of the medieval and early modern period? What kind of men became mercenaries and where did they come from? These are some of the questions which the essays in this volume address.
Contributors are: Richard Abels, Bernard Bachrach, David Bachrach, Adrian Bell,Charles Bowlus, David Crouch, Guido Dall'Oro, Kelly Devries, Sven Ekdahl, John Hosler, John Law, Alan Murray, Stephen Morillo, Laura Napran, Eljas Oksanen, Carlos Andrez Gonzalez Paz, Ciaran Og O'Reilly, Muriosa Prendergast, Nicolas Prouteau, John Pryor, Ifor Rowlands, Spencer Smith.

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