Session 1036: Culture and Conflict, I: Writing War
Wednesday 6 July 2016, 09.00-10.30
|Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
|Trevor Russell Smith, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
|Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
|Divine Will, Human Agency, and Roman Ideals of War According to the Chronicon de Lanercost and Geoffrey le Baker's Chronicon
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Military History, Philosophy, Rhetoric
|How Far Did John Barbour's Bruce (c. 1375) Reflect Ideas Concerning The Waging of War Expressed in Vegetius' Epitoma rei militaris?
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Other, Military History, Rhetoric
|The Changing Faces of Warfare: The Depiction of Arthurian Warfare in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae and the Alliterative Morte Arthur
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Latin, Military History, Political Thought
This session explores the influence of other texts and changing realities on high-late medieval English and Scottish writings on war. Mr Smith explores how Roman texts presented ethical ideals for Geoffrey le Baker and the anonymous Chronicon de Lanercost writing on the conflict between divine will and human agency. Professor Allmand shows how Vegetius' Epitoma rei militaris informed Barbour's presentation of war in The Bruce, especially when envisioning the role of the military leader. Dr Nakashian examines how Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae and the anonymous Alliterative Morte Arthur present different figures of King Arthur which reflect the changing tensions in English kingship (e.g. violence, legitimate authority to wage war, and the societal costs) in the high and late Middle Ages.