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New Medieval Books: Books on Medieval Warfare and Chivalry in 2019

Five new books for readers of medieval military history.

Medieval Warfare: A Reader

Edited by Kelly DeVries and Michael Livingston

University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9781442636699

Excerpt: There is certainly much within these pages for readers expecting descriptions of the medieval Preparations for War (Part Two) and the Waging of War (Part Three). If we have done our work well, readers will find in these sections the “classic” battles, events, and theories that they would expect in a book such as this, along with more than a few unexpected surprises. We have consciously framed this core of conflict, however, with a wide range of vibrant and informative sources on the Casualties of War (Part One) and the Outcomes of War (Part Four).

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A Companion to Chivalry

Edited by Robert W. Jones and Peter Coss

The Boydell Press
ISBN: 978 1 78327 372 0

Excerpt: As soon as one delves more deeply into the medieval world, however, it becomes readily apparent that chivalry was more complex and multi-faceted. Scholars exploring the meaning and historicity of chivalry find themselves confronting a social-cultural phenomenon that was heavily nuanced and that had many, sometimes rival, dimensions.

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War and Memory at the Time of the Fifth Crusade

By Megan Cassidy-Welch

The Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271083520

Excerpt: Remembering the past both stimulated action and shaped future understandings of the triumphs and bitter defeats of the Crusade. In the case of the Fifth Crusade, which took place after a series of challenging losses in a number of theaters of crusading warfare and ultimately involved losses itself, remembrance was a significant means of explaining and expressing the sometimes devastating nature of military activity while communicating ongoing optimism about the eschatological efficacy of crusading itself.

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Military Society and the Court of Chivalry in the Age of the Hundred Years War

By Philip J. Caudrey

The Boydell Press
ISBN: 978-1-78327-377-5

Excerpt: On the one hand, it explores a range of largely-neglected themes, pertinent to the military, social and cultural history of the late medieval English gentry; on the other, it addresses – through the prism of these three cases – the much larger questions of the extent to which soldiering, and the cultural values of chivalry that lay behind it, influenced the lives of those who testified before the Court, as well as the extent to which such attitudes and values remained central to gentry life as the triumphs of the Crecy-Poitiers era receded ever further into the past.

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The Culture of Castles in Tudor England and Wales

By Audrey M. Thorstad

The Boydell Press
ISBN: 978 1 78327 384 3

Excerpt: Cowdray, Thornburym Carew, Hedingham, and their early Tudor owners will form the focus of this book. The surviving evidence allows us to investigate different features of each castle, shedding light on the role of early Tudor castles in everyday lives of the people occupying them.

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Please also check out the special edition of Medieval Warfare magazine (it’s technically a book) called The Rise of the Gun, also published in 2019, which looks at guns and gunpowder in the Middle Ages.

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