IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 724: Transition and Change in Later Medieval War, III: Models of Military Conduct in the Hundred Years War

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

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:Karen Watts, Royal Armouries, Leeds / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 724-aFrom Devastation to Conquest: Changing English Perception of the Morality and Efficacy of Military Conduct in the Early 15th Century
(Language: English)
Trevor Russell Smith, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Military History, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 724-bThe Road to Crécy: Tracing the Path to the Battle
(Language: English)
Michael Livingston, Department of English, The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina
Index terms: Local History, Military History
Paper 724-cThe Genoese Crossbowmen at the Battle of Crécy
(Language: English)
Kelly DeVries, Department of History, Loyola College, Maryland / Royal Armouries, Leeds
Index terms: Military History, Technology
Abstract

This session explores changing models of military practice during the Hundred Years War. Mr Smith examines English writings for changing perceptions of the morality and effectiveness of (earlier) campaigns of devastation and (contemporary) conquest to achieve victory in the late 14th and early 15th centuries. Using local history, Professor Livingston reassesses the path of Edward III’s 1346 campaign, that led to the battle of Crécy, in the context of contemporary military conduct. Professor DeVries reexamines how the Genoese crossbowmen were defeated at the battle of Crécy and how this affected the battle’s outcome, through a reevaluation of textual and material evidence.