IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 126: Warfare and Violence at Sea in the Middle Ages

Monday 13 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The Saxo-Institute, Københavns Universitet
Organiser:Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Saxo Instituttet, Københavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Mia Münster-Swendsen, Saxo Institute, Faculty of Humanities, Københavns Universitet
Paper 126-aHow and Where to Conduct a Successful Pirate Attack in the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Saxo Instituttet, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History
Paper 126-bWhat Flag Do You Fly?: What's the Colour of your Sail? - Recognising Friend and Foe at Sea
(Language: English)
Steffen Harpsøe, Danish National Archives, København
Index terms: Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History
Paper 126-cWar in the Fjords: Norwegian Ships and Sea Warfare in the Age of King Sverre (c. 1170-1210)
(Language: English)
Philip Walter Line, Independent Scholar, Helsinki
Index terms: Maritime and Naval Studies, Military History
Abstract

The papers in this session will examine different ways of using violence and waging war at sea in a pre-gunpowder age. The papers’ subjects range geographically from the Atlantic to the Baltic in the High Middle Ages and the session aims at giving comparative analyses of combat at sea in diverse parts of Europe. Issues such as piracy, signalling, types of ships, tactics, and naval battles will be addressed and the papers will include examinations of the individual combatants backgrounds and skills in war at sea as well as the medieval kingdoms naval capabilities or shortcomings.