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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1148: Warfare in Literature

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:De Re Militari: Society for Medieval Military History
Organiser:Ilana Krug, Department of History & Political Science, York College of Pennsylvania
Moderator/Chair:Kelly DeVries, Department of History, Loyola College, Maryland / Royal Armouries, Leeds
Paper 1148-aThe Chronology and Geography of Alexios I Komnenos' Campaign against the Pechenegs, 1087
(Language: English)
Marek Meško, Department of Classical Studies, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Military History
Paper 1148-bGunpowder in the Chronistic Spanish Poetry of the Renaissance: The Consecration of Don Juan de Austria as the Strategist Officer in La Austríada
(Language: English)
Marta Cristina Oria de Rueda Molins, Département des Lettres et Arts, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Index terms: Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Military History
Paper 1148-cWarfare and Political Poetry in the 14th Century: To Exalt or Decry?
(Language: English)
Ilana Krug, Department of History & Political Science, York College of Pennsylvania
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Military History

Literature can often be an important lens through which to view medieval military operations and developments. This session seeks to focus on this relationship by offering three such glimpses: the details of the Byzantine campaign against the Pechenegs contained in Anna Komnene's Alexiad; the way gunpowder completely changed the language of warfare as evidenced in the literary representations of war in the Spanish La Austríada; and the differing and often contradictory attitudes towards war and war preparations preserved in early 14th-century English poetry.