IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 741: Breaching and Building Medieval Fortifications

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:James Titterton, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Trevor Russell Smith, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 741-a'I have a cunning plan': Ruses and Trickery in Siege Warfare, 1000-1250
(Language: English)
James Titterton, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Crusades, Military History
Paper 741-bThe Development of Early Gunpowder Artillery
(Language: English)
Simon M. Pepper, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool
Index terms: Military History, Technology
Paper 741-cTudor Coastal Forts in Northern France
(Language: English)
David Nixon, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool
Index terms: Military History, Technology
Abstract

This session will analyse the subject of medieval siege warfare using three radically different approaches. First, James Titterton will use evidence from contemporary chronicles to discuss how commanders in the Central Middle Ages used deception and guile to capture strongholds. Next, Simon Pepper will chart the impact that the introduction of gunpowder artillery had on fortifications in the later Middle Ages. Finally, David Nixon will discuss the history of two of Henry VIII’s Tudor fortifications in the Calais area, one long vanished and the other needing restoration.