Warfare and Society in the Barbarian West 450-900

Warfare and Society in the Barbarian West 450-900

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Guy Halsall relates warfare to many aspects of medieval life, economy, society and politics.This book recovers its distinctiveness, looking at warfare in a rounded context in the British Isles and Western Europe between the end of the Roman Empire and the break-up of the Carolingian Empire. Examining the raising and organization of early medieval armies and looks at the conduct of campaigns, the survey also includes a study of the equipment of warriors and the horrific experience of battle as well as an analysis of medieval fortifications and siege warfare. Warfare and Society in the Barbarian West uses historical and archaeological evidence in a rigorous and sophisticated fashion. It stresses regional variations but also places Anglo-Saxon England in the mainstream of the military developments in this era, and in the process, provides an outstanding resource for students of all levels.The burhs would act as assembly points for the field armya#39;s replacement contin- gents and as places where these groups, ... For one third of the year, the men would carry out theirfyrd service, and for one third they would, by manning the burhs, ... furthermore, have allowed a certain a#39;power sharinga#39; amongst local landowners as well as enabling a broader range of ... Wessex was, of course, a small kingdom, and the threat posed by the Vikings to its existence may have been enough toanbsp;...

Title:Warfare and Society in the Barbarian West 450-900
Author:Guy Halsall
Publisher:Routledge - 2008-01-28


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