Throughout the history of Western civilization, war, preparation for war, and its aftermath have dominated the use of surplus human and material resources. Yet, despite our recent history, the brute facts of military history are too often ignored by those who have instead sought to provide a more ideal understanding of the Middle Ages in Europe. This predilection for chivalry at the expense of logistics and for "just war theory" at the expense of military technology have distorted both scholarly and popular understanding of the role played by military matters in the Middle Ages. The aim of the fourteen articles reprinted here is to help provide a more balanced view, offsetting notions of romanticism and an anthropologically inspired primitivism of a Dark Age in pre-Crusade Europe. Particular topics include: the survival of Classical influences into the early Middle Ages; the strategy of castle-building in the early Angevin domains; and William the Conqueror's preparations for the invasion of England.
Contents: Introduction; General Studies: The practical use of Vegetius' De Re Militari during the early Middle Ages; Caballus et caballarius in medieval warfare; Military technology and garrison organization: some observations on Anglo-Saxon military thinking in light of the Burghal Hidage; Medieval siege warfare: a reconnaissance; Logistics in pre-crusade Europe; Early medieval fortifications in the ’west’ of France: a revised technical vocabulary; Fortifications and military tactics: Fulk Nerra's strongholds circa 1000; Angevin and Norman Warfare: Angevin campaign forces in the reign of Fulk Nerra, Count of the Angevins (987-1040); The combat sculptures at Fulk Nerra’s ’Battle Abbey’ (c.1005-12); The milites and the millennium; The Angevin strategy of castle-building in the reign of Fulk Nerra, 987-1040; The cost of castle-building: the case of the tower at Langeais, 992-4; On the origins of William the Conqueror’s horse transports; Some observations on the military administration of the Norman Conquest; Index.
The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.
The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.
Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource.
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