Journal of Medieval Military History

Volume XVIII

The Journal of Medieval Military History continues to consolidate its now assured position as the leading academic vehicle for scholarly publication in the field of medieval warfare. Medieval Warfare
Date Published :
June 2020
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Editor :
John France, Kelly DeVries, Clifford J. Rogers
Contributor(s) :
Beñat Elortza Larrea, Clifford J. Rogers
Series :
Journal of Medieval Military History
Illustration :
10 b/w, 2 line illus.
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This volume continues to reflect the vibrancy and diversity of the field, through the rich variety of topics and methodologies its chapters treat, and its geographical and chronological range. It includes an analytical narrative of the eastern campaigns of Henry II (1003-1017), demonstrating the strength and sophistication of German military institutions in this early period; a social-history approach to the First Crusade, looking at how European trends towards increasing political participation by the common people played out in the crusading army; an argument for radical change in Scandinavian naval warfare in the thirteenth century, including tactical innovations and the use of new types of large warships; and a toponymonographical approach to the continued presence of Pecheneg soldiers employing steppe tactics in Hungary in the thirteenth century. There are also essays on the sources used by English and French chroniclers to describe battles; the use of practical experimentation to determine the importance of different types of soft armor in helping mail to resist arrows; the role and importance of cavalry in the siege-based warfare of the later Hundred Years War; and the siege of Pisa in 1499, drawing on archival records to illustrate the logistical challenges facing the besiegers. The volume also includes freshly re-examined and re-edited manuscript texts of late-medieval gunpowder recipes.

About The Author

Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola College, Baltimore, USA.

Clifford J. Rogers is Professor of History, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.

Clifford J. Rogers is Professor of History, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.


The Eastern Campaigns of King Henry II of Germany, 1003-1017. - David S. Bachrach
Peace, Popular Empowerment and the First Crusade - Jason MacLeod
The Transformation of Naval Warfare in Scandinavia during the Twelfth Century - Beñat Elortza Larrea
Auxiliary Peoples and Military Reform on Hungary's Western Frontier in the Thirteenth Century - Sarolta Tatár
What Types of Sources Did Medieval Chroniclers Use to Narrate Battles? (England and France, Twelfth to Fifteenth Centuries). - Pierre Courroux
Experimental Tests of Arrows against Mail and Padding - David Jones
Four Misunderstood Gunpowder Recipes of the Fourteenth Century - Clifford J. Rogers
The Earliest Middle English Recipes for Gunpowder - Trevor Russell Smith
Horses and Horsemen in Fifteenth Century Siege Warfare, with Particular Reference to the Later Hundred Years War - Michael John Harbinson
Supplying the Army: The Siege of Pisa, 1499 - Fabrizio Ansani