Medieval Hostageship c.700-c.1500: Hostage, Captive, Prisoner of War, Guarantee, Peacemaker, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Medieval Hostageship c.700-c.1500

Hostage, Captive, Prisoner of War, Guarantee, Peacemaker, 1st Edition

Edited by Matthew Bennett, Katherine Weikert


222 pages

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This volume explores the issues of taking, using and being hostages in the Middle Ages. It brings together recent research in the areas of hostages and hostageships, looking at the act of hostage-taking and the hostages themselves through the lenses of political and social history. Building upon previous work, this volume in particular critically examines not only the situations of hostages and hostageships but also the broader social and political context of each situation, developing a more complete picture of the phenomenon.

Table of Contents

1. The State of Play: Medieval Hostageship and Modern Scholarship

[Matthew Bennett and Katherine Weikert]

2. Aldhelm "Old Helmet," First Bishop of Sherbourne, and his Helmgils, "Helmet Hostage," First Abbot of Glastonbury, on the Dorset/Devon Coast at Lyme: The Making of a West Saxon Bishopric

[Katherine Barker]

3: Perceiving and Personifying Status and Submission in Pre-Viking England: Some Observations on a Few Early Hostages

[Ryan Lavelle]

4. The Role of Hostages in the Danish Conquests of England and Norway, 1013-30

[Alice Hicklin]

5. Warrior Narratives and Hostageship Ethos: Old French Literature and "Reality" in the Twelfth Century

[Matthew Bennett]

6. Exigens Obsides Ab Eis: Hostages Under King John of England, 1199-1216

[Cristian Ispir]

7. Female Hostages: Definitions and Distinctions

[Gwen Seabourne]

8. The Princesses Who Might Have Been Hostages: The Custody and Marriages of Margaret and Isabella of Scotland, 1209-1220s

[Katherine Weikert]

9. "Thy Father's Valiancy Has Proved No Boon": The Fates of Helena Angelina Doukaina and Her Children

[Annette Parks]

10. The Royal Prisoner of Henry IV and Henry V: James I of Scotland, 1406-24

[Gordon McKelvie]

11. Commanding the Crown: Royal Hostages in the Wars of the Roses, 1455-83

[Alex Brondarbit]

12. Hostages and the Laws of War: The Surrender of the Castle and Palace of Rouen, 1449-68

[Rémy Ambühl]

About the Editors

Matthew Bennett formerly taught at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Katherine Weikert is Lecturer in Early Medieval European History at the University of Winchester.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Medieval
HISTORY / Social History