Welsh Soldiers in the Later Middle Ages, 1282-1422

Adam Chapman

Examines the role of Welsh soldiers in English armies, from the conquests under Edward I through to the Battle of Agincourt.
Date Published :
August 2015
Publisher :
Boydell and Brewer
Series :
Warfare in History
Illustration :
1 line.
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781783270316
Pages : 282
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : Available


Not only the leaders but the entire nation are trained in war. Sound the trumpet for battle and the peasant will rush from his plough to pick up his weapons as quickly as the courtier from the court. So wrote Gerald of Wales atthe end of the twelfth century; and war continued to define the experiences of Welshmen in the succeeding years.
This book explores the role of the Welsh in England's armies and in England's wars between Edward I's conquest of Wales in the 1280s, through the wars in Scotland and France and the revolt led by Owain Glyndwr, concluding with Henry V's conquest of Normandy following his victory at Agincourt in 1415. It examines the structure and composition of armies and the social networks and hierarchies which underpinned them: what sort of Welshmen became soldiers? How was Welsh society organised for war? What impact did wider political considerations have upon Welshmen in England's armies? These questions are answered using both well-known sources, such as the financial records of the English crown, and others less familiar, including the records of local administration and the large surviving corpus ofWelsh-language poetry.

Adam Chapman is Editor and Training Coordinator with the Victoria County History of the Counties of England at the Institute of Historical Research, London.


The reign of Edward I
Edward of Caernarfon
The Wars of Edward III: Scotland and France 1327-1360
Before Glyndwr: 1360-1400
Henry IV and Henry V: Rebellion and Aftermath
War and Welsh Society: Military Obligation and Organisation
Going to War: Recruitment and Deployment
The Distinctiveness of the Welsh Soldier: Equipment and Organisation

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