The Daylamis provided a strong immovable wall of skilled and disciplined infantrymen that formed the main battle line of the army.
Despite the fact that there is a relative abundance of contemporary or near contemporary sources on Heraclius’ campaigns, it is hard – if not impossible – to retrace the chronology of the events leading up to the restoration of the Cross.
Episode 15 of The Medieval Podcast – Although it seems to be a fundamental contradiction, some medieval conflicts saw bishops braving the battlefield.
I argue that Lanercost’s distinctive style is not simply the result of patriotic or anti-Scottish fervour, but instead reflects a sensitive awareness of the death and destruction of war.
The real challenge for the Empire in the aftermath of Manzikert lay in the mad scramble for power in Constantinople.
The paper focuses on two issues related to the manufacture of firearms in the state of the Teutonic Order in Prussia: the technology of gun barrels and metal projectiles
This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle interviews archaeologist Leszek Gardeła to learn more about women, warriors, and when a weapon is more than just a weapon.
There are 37 trees or groups of trees on the tapestry and it has been widely noticed that trees are used as scene endings.
This project investigates the development of weaponry during the late medieval period, specifically focusing on the Hundred Years’ War, fought between England and France between 1337 and 1453.
The pre-history of the Iberian Crusades can be traced to the disintegration of Umayyad Caliphate of Córdoba in 1031 and the subsequent emergence of a constellation of weak successor kingdoms.
With the popularity of medieval fighting techniques growing at a rapid pace, we wanted to showcase some books that offer translations and insights into fighting manuals from the Middle Ages.
Episode 8 of The Medieval Podcast – Danièle speaks with Michael Livingston about his latest research on where the Battle of Agincourt might have been fought.
After generations of oppression, an army of slaves rose up to challenge the Abbasid Caliphate.
There are many ways in which to understand present-day warfare. One way is to look at the wars that took place in Middle Ages.
How did the Mongol presence in the Balkans effect its two main political powers – the Byzantines and the Bulgarians?
During the course of a century, medieval military commanders from Eastern Europe to India would make use of wagons as their key element in winning on the battlefield.
From 4 to 7 May 1439 a massive tournament (235 participants) was organized at the Grote Markt in Brussels, in which the Burgundian duke Philip the Good himself participated.
Episode 3 of The Medieval Podcast – Taking a look into the Hundred Years’ War between England and France with David Green.
Therefore, the aim of this research is the development of methodologies for reconstructing virtual scenarios of sieges, starting from the scarce information available
Did women support crusades? Did women go on crusades? If they did, did they fight?
In this paper I will argue that medieval sources that refer to women’s involvement in the defence of castles and the role of castles in society was based on a combination of gender stereotypes, social realities and military pragmatism that should not be take at face value.
They were scouts, raiders, skirmishers, heavy cavalry, and shock cavalry all in one; and could operate as infantry as well if the need arose.
Take this quiz to see what sort of weapon you would wield in your off-hand while you use a one-handed sword in your dominant hand.
The battle of the Standard (1138) shall be used as a benchmark to assess the degree of assimilation between the Normans and English.