Warfare Under the Anglo-Norman Kings 1066-1135 by Stephen MorilloWarfare Under the Anglo-Norman Kings 1066-1135 by Stephen Morillo

Warfare Under the Anglo-Norman Kings 1066-1135

byStephen Morillo

Paperback | March 6, 1997

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This is a study of the warfare waged between 1066 and 1135 by the Anglo-Norman kings of England - William the Conqueror, William Rufus and Henry I. Bringing together the two major trends in recent medieval military history, the study of military organisations and the study of campaigns, Stephen Morillo illuminates the interrelationship of military organisation and social and political structures. The familia regis, the king's military household, emerges in a central role: its influence extended from castle garrisons, engineering and supply to the organisation of armies; its permanence and professionalism dictated tactical practices in battle. By contrast, the military importance of the feudal system is considerably reduced. Stephen Morillo's examination of the roles of armies and castles and the normal activities of warfare shows why ravaging and plundering the land and besieging castles were far more common than pitched battles. He analyses siege and battle tactics in the context of social and political influences, administrative structures and campaign patterns, and he proposes a connection in most pre-modern warfare between government strength and infantry quality. Among the new perceptions that the author brings to this perennially interesting field of study are an explanation of the Anglo-Norman knights' tendency to dismount and fight as infantry, and a dismissal of the widely-held view that the use of the stirrup was the fundamental reason for the tactical dominance of medieval cavalry. This is a major restatement of the nature of medieval warfare in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.
Title:Warfare Under the Anglo-Norman Kings 1066-1135Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.46 inPublished:March 6, 1997Publisher:Boydell & Brewer LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0851156894

ISBN - 13:9780851156897

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'Should have a place on reading lists of students of war, feudalism, and English history, not to mention wider subjects such as introductions to the middle ages and surveys of social history.' ALBION

A major re-statement of the nature of Anglo-Norman warfare, with special emphasis on the role of the familia regis, the King's military household

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Fill(s) a gap in scholarship by offering a coherent and readable study of Anglo-Norman warfare... something of a milestone in the academic study of medieval warfare in providing a comprehensive account of the whole violent business. He does not study castles, weaponry, tactics or strategy in isolation, but offers an interwoven study which is in many ways refreshing and original... A good book, which will be of great use not just to academics but also to undergraduates, who will find it full of sense and insight. The book is the first major product of one of the more vital debates in recent early medieval scholarship. HISTORY With its coverage of ravaging, logistics and money, (this book) will convey to the reader a genuine understanding of the nature of medieval warfare. HISTORY TODAY Take(s) the study of medieval English warfare considerably forward. ARCHIVES