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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 524: Transition and Change in Later Medieval War, I: Perceptions and Implications

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organisers:Trevor Russell Smith, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Ralph Moffat, Glasgow Museums, Glasgow
Paper 524-aWhy Were There No Revolutions in Medieval Military History 800-1500?
(Language: English)
Matthew Bennett, Independent Scholar, Hartley Wintney
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Military History, Teaching the Middle Ages, Technology
Paper 524-b'More Like Slaves Than Soldiers'?: Perspectives on the Military Aspects of Mid-Tudor Rebellions
(Language: English)
Alex Hodgkins, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Military History
Paper 524-cObject Imaginations: Weapons and Armour in 13th- and 14th-Century Illuminated German Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Romana Kaske, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Language and Literature - German, Manuscripts and Palaeography

This session examines the perceptions and implications of change in later medieval war. Dr Bennett opens the subject by analysing the many supposed 'military revolutions', and argues that economic and social factors encouraged a slower evolutionary development. Dr Hodgkins explores the varied representation and perception of rebel forces in 16th-century England, and how they have affect our understanding of the past. Ms Kaske tracks changing military and political symbolism of knights and their equipment in late 13th- to early 14th-century German manuscript illuminations of the Willehalm-cycle, and their reflections of contemporary reality.