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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 547: Arms, Armour, and the Arts of Combat, I: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to the Study of Arms, Armour, and Combat

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Karen Watts, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds / Musée du Louvre, Paris
Moderator/Chair:Jacob H. Deacon, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 547-aHow to Defeat Your Opponent in Combat at the End of the Middle Ages and in the Early Modern Era: The Purpose of Techniques in Fencing and Wrestling Treatises
(Language: English)
Pierre-Henry Bas, Textes, représentations, archéologie, autorité et mémoires de l'Antiquité à la Renaissance (TrAme - UR 4284), Université de Picardie Jules-Verne, Amiens
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - German, Language and Literature - Italian, Military History
Paper 547-b'Father, may I borrow a horse?': Networks and Identities in Late Medieval Tournaments
(Language: English)
Samuel Bradley, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Military History, Social History
Paper 547-cArmour and Adaptability: Portuguese Equipment during the Late 15th and Early 16th Centuries
(Language: English)
António Oliveira, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Coimbra
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Military History

This panel explores the results of multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of arms, armour, and combat. Pierre-Henry Bas will discuss the purpose of various techniques in fight books in order to establish the martial context which their authors address via the outcomes of several techniques. Samuel Bradley will use letters and diaries to investigate the identities, social status, and backgrounds of competitors in late medieval Italian tournaments as well as requests and loans of both equipment and horses to be used in tournaments. Antonio Oliviera will use artistic and archaeological evidence to assess the armour worn by Portuguese soldiers in North African, Indian, and Brazilian theatres of war.