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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1336: Martial Culture through the Middle Ages, III: Weaponry and Urban Identity

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Society for the History of War (SHOW)
Organiser:Christophe Masson, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Christophe Masson, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Paper 1336-aThe Sinews of War: Crossbowmakers as Military and Sportive Experts in the Holy Roman Empire
(Language: English)
Jean-Dominique Delle Luche, Groupe d'Anthropologie Historique de l'Occident Médiéval (GAHOM), Centre de Recherches Historiques, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Military History
Paper 1336-bStoring and Maintaining Artillery: A Means of Communal Institutionalisation in Northern France?
(Language: English)
Emmanuel de Crouy-Chanel, Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP - UMR 8589), Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Military History
Paper 1336-cGunpowder Artillery and Fortifications in the Low Countries and England: Guarantors of Urban Independence or Tools for Princely State Formation?
(Language: English)
Michael Depreter, Harris Manchester College University of Oxford
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Military History

Late medieval cities have been key witnesses and agents of the dramatic changes brought by gunpowder artillery and fortification techniques between the 14th and 16th centuries. Not only did towns protect themselves with 'new' weapons and thicker walls; but they also were at the forefront of the emergence of specific knowledge in these matters. Focused on North-Western Europe, this panel aims to address both the human and the material aspects of urban weaponry and their impact on the development of an urban martial identity.