IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 715: The Organisation, Logistics, and Practice of War, 1050-1500, III: On and Off the Field of Battle

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Joanna Phillips, School of Law, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 715-aProblems in Port: Health and Illness at Points of Crusader Embarkation
(Language: English)
Joanna Phillips, School of Law, University of Leeds
Joanna Phillips, School of Law, University of Leeds
Joanna Phillips, School of Law, University of Leeds
Index terms: Crusades, Maritime and Naval Studies, Medicine, Military History
Paper 715-bFar from the Fighting Crowd: The Portrayal of Crusading Knights away from the Field of Battle
(Language: English)
Belinda Guthrie, Centre for the Study of Islam & the West, Queen Mary, University of London
Belinda Guthrie, Centre for the Study of Islam & the West, Queen Mary, University of London
Belinda Guthrie, Centre for the Study of Islam & the West, Queen Mary, University of London
Index terms: Crusades, Mentalities
Paper 715-cFeeding Mars in Times of Famine: Edward II's Scottish Operations after Bannockburn
(Language: English)
Ilana Krug, Department of History & Political Science, York College of Pennsylvania
Ilana Krug, Department of History & Political Science, York College of Pennsylvania
Ilana Krug, Department of History & Political Science, York College of Pennsylvania
Index terms: Economics - General, Military History
Abstract

The third in a series of linked sessions on the organisation, logistics from the 11th-15th centuries, this session will consider three aspects of the practicalities of waging war. Joanna Phillips’s paper will consider the crusader experience in ports of embarkation, noting that crusaders frequently experienced illness and ill-health in these circumstances, and investigating whether and how ports were understood as a locus of ill-health. Belinda Guthrie’s paper will explore the little-considered issue of knightly conduct off the battlefield during crusader campaigns, indentifying such ‘downtime’ as a potentially moral risky period. Finally, Ilana Krug’s paper considers the realities of military supplying in the midst of famine: Edward II’s campaigns during the Great Famine of the 1310s.