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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1135: Martial Culture through the Middle Ages, II: Within the Walls of the Medieval Town

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Universität Bern
Organiser:Regula Schmid Keeling, Geschichte des Mittelalters, Université de Fribourg
Moderator/Chair:Regula Schmid Keeling, Geschichte des Mittelalters, Université de Fribourg
Paper 1135-aFighting Experts: Fencers, Gunners, and Arbalesters as Masters in Swiss Towns
(Language: English)
Daniel Jaquet, Musée militaire, Château de Morges / Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François-Rabelais, Tours
Index terms: Local History, Military History
Paper 1135-bAspects of Urban Military Organisation in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period: The Case of Freiburg im Üechtland, c. 1440-1500
(Language: English)
Mathijs Roelofsen, Historisches Institut Universität Bern
Index terms: Administration, Military History
Paper 1135-cThe Spaces of Martial Culture in Late Medieval Towns
(Language: English)
Elena Magli, Historisches Institut Universität Bern
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Military History

Our research project (2018-22) considers towns as producers, organisers, and brokers of martial culture within the rapidly changing political world of late medieval Europe. It examines how towns transformed and were transformed by military techniques and urban 'martial culture'. The latter developed at the intersection of legal prerogatives, political requirements, and the evolving ownership and use of weapons. It integrates a number of historiographical approaches that are usually explored separately: urban institutional, social, and political history; military history; arms and armour; urban martial competitions; knowledge production and dissemination; fighting expertise, and the transformation of the urban space itself.