IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1227: The Soldier in Later Medieval England

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:AHRC funded project 'The Soldier in Later Medieval England' at ICMA Centre, University of Reading and School of Hummanities, University of Southampton
Organiser:Adrian R. Bell, International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre, University of Reading
Moderator/Chair:Chris Given-Wilson, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Paper 1227-aSoldiers in the Hundred Years War: An Online Database
(Language: English)
Adrian R. Bell, International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre, University of Reading
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1227-bRetinues and Recruitment in the Armies of Edward I and Edward II
(Language: English)
David Simpkin, International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Centre, University of Reading
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1227-cThe Military Retinues of the Umfravilles, c. 1296-1346
(Language: English)
Andy King, Department of History, University of Southampton
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Just as there has been a reluctance to accept the existence in the later middle ages of anything more than a ‘proto-state’, so too it is believed that a professional soldiery did not develop until the early modern period. Since there was officially no standing army, although some permanent garrisons were maintained, our definition of ‘professional’ necessarily includes those who saw repeated service as well as those who served more continuously. But how can we know who these men were? This session will describe a new project, funded by a major grant from the AHRC (www.medievalsoldier.org) to create a database of soldiers who served in the Hundred Years War and also recent research on retinues and recruitment in England.”