IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 340: Writing War in the Middle Ages

Monday 3 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Kelly DeVries, Department of History, Loyola College, Maryland / Royal Armouries, Leeds
Paper 340-a'War Hath Made All Friends': The Transformation of Edmund II Ironside and Cnut from Enemies to Allies
(Language: English)
David McDermott, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 340-bFear in Battle in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Sarah Wilk, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Gender Studies, Military History
Paper 340-cCampaldino, 1289: The Battle that Made Dante
(Language: English)
Kelly DeVries, Department of History, Loyola College, Maryland / Royal Armouries, Leeds
Abstract

Paper -a:
The relationship between Edmund Ironside and Cnut covered the entire spectrum of ‘Otherness’, from ‘Strange’ to ‘Familiar’. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the metamorphosis of their relationship, beginning with them opposed as defender and invader. Despite being adversaries, both were kings and sought the same crown. The hostility between Edmund and Cnut will be explored in the context of the war they waged but it will also be shown that reconciliation replaced enmity. It will be argued that the settlement at Olney initiated a process of transformation that began with them becoming ‘partners’ and concluded with Edmund being Cnut’s posthumous ‘brother’.

Paper -b:
The way military men dealt with their fear in battle in the Late Middle Ages is understandably difficult to pin down. Works of literature, such as stories of Arthur, can provide some insight. However, those types of stories do not necessarily have to worry about real people with real reputations. This paper includes other types of writing – chronicles and handbooks of chivalry – to show how some writers thought men should behave in potentially deadly situations, whether the advice led to glory and/or a bloody death. The scope of this paper roughly corresponds to the opening years of the Hundred Years War, and the military career of the French knight Geoffroi de Charny in particular.

Paper -c:
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