TitleGrappling with the Nature of Medieval War: Sources, Continuities, and Organisation - A Round Table Discussion
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 19.00-20.00
SponsorRoutledge Press
OrganiserLeif Inge Ree Petersen, Institutt for historiske studier, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Moderator/ChairJohn France, Department of History, Swansea University
AbstractDespite often being at the margins of scholarly discussions of the medieval world, warfare, its preparation, and its aftermath played a central role in the lives of medieval Europeans, whether as participants, victims, or indirectly through taxes and labour obligations. The new synthesis by D. and B. Bachrach, Warfare in Medieval Europe c. 400-1453, offers an opportunity look back at the past century of scholarship in this field, and consider how specialists write military history, and approach the sources. This round table discussion brings together scholars with a range of views to take up these questions and also to renew the discussion, on a new foundation, about the fundamental questions of continuity with the Roman world, the scale of warfare in medieval Europe, and its impact on society.

Participants include Bernard Bachrach (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), David Bachrach (University of New Hampshire), Kelly DeVries (Loyola University, Maryland), and Ryan Lavelle (University of Winchester)