IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 437: Can Battles Change the World?: Researching European Medieval Battlefields - A Round Table Discussion

Monday 6 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Arc Humanities Press, European Medieval Battlefields Series
Organiser:Axel E. W. Müller, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Axel E. W. Müller, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Abstract

The importance, relevance, and significance of battlefields has undergone a change of focus over recent decades. A snapshot in time, battlefields are often viewed as a turning point in history. However, the evidence from the battles is often sketchy and continues to be questioned as being historically biased.

This round table discussion intends to focus on the approach of the ‘European Medieval Battlefields’ series to investigate a battle, its developments, and outcomes. How can the available data from documentary, archaeological, and contextual sources be brought together to produce a comprehensive picture? To what extent has this picture been influenced by later historical development? Furthermore, it includes a section on the relevance of the battle in historiography, contemporary memory and myth-making, and the preservation of its heritage.

Participants include Kelly DeVries (Loyola University Maryland), Kurt Villads Jensen (Stockholms Universitet), Helen J. Nicholson (Cardiff University), Cristina Pimenta (Universidade do Porto), and Kay Smith (Independent Scholar, Leeds).