Chivalry, Kingship and Crusade

The English Experience in the Fourteenth Century

Timothy Guard

A fresh perspective on the Crusade shows its ideal and practice flourishing in the fourteenth century.
Date Published :
March 2016
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Series :
Warfare in History
Illustration :
4 line.
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781843838241
Pages : 296
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781783270910
Pages : 296
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : Available


The central theme of this book is the largely untold story of English knighthood's ongoing obsession with the crusade fight during the age of Chaucer, "high chivalry" and the famous battles of the Hundred Years War. After combat in France and Scotland, fighting crusades was the main and a widespread experience of English chivalry in the fourteenth century, drawing in noblemen of the highest rank, as well as knights chasing renown and the jobbing esquire. The author exposes a thick seam of military engagement along the perimeters of Christendom; details of participants and campaigns are chronicled - in many cases for the first time - and associated matters of tactics, diplomacy, organisation, and recruitment are minutely analysed, adding substantially to the historiography of the later crusades. The book's second theme traces the surprisingly strong grip the crusade-idea possessed at the height of politics,as an animating force of English kingship. Disputing the common assumption that crusade plans were increasingly ill-treated by the monarchs - adopted as diplomatic double-speak or as a means of raiding church coffers - the authorargues that courtiers and knights moved in a rich environment of crusade speculation and ambition, and exercised a strong influence on the culture of the time.

Timothy Guard gained his DPhil at Hertford College, University of Oxford.


Questions and Perspectives
Eastern Mediterranean and the Holy Land
Spain and North Africa
The Baltic
Constantinople and Eastern Europe
Military service, careerism and the crusade
'All are truly blessed who are martyred in battle': Crusading and Salvation
Chivalry, literature and political culture
The chivalric nation and images of the Crusader King
Appendix: Register of English crusaders c. 1307-1399

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