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Warfare in Medieval Brabant, 1356-1406 : Warfare in History - Sergio Boffa

Warfare in Medieval Brabant, 1356-1406

Warfare in History

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9781843830610
Number Of Pages: 312

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The medieval duchy of Brabant was one of the most powerful principalities of the Low Countries. During the second half of the fourteenth century, it underwent a particularly dramatic period in its history: the House of Leuven was on the point of disappearance, the duchy was coveted by Philip the Bold of Burgundy, who was already dreaming of extending the "Burgundian Empire" and, by a network of alliances, Brabant was drawn into the Hundred Years' War. The author reviews the successive conflicts which troubled the duchy between 1356 and 1406; the different authorities which influenced the course of military operations (the duchess and the duke, their officers, and the Estates of Brabant); describes the combatants, in particular the nobility and the urban militias; considers the practical aspects of warfare; and analyses the military obligations and contracts which bound the men at arms to the duke.

SERGIO BOFFA is currently researching in the department of Maps and Plans, Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique, Brussels.

A classic study of 14th century warfare and its sinews in the duchy of Brabant. A richly-documented four-part study of how war was conducted and made possible. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW There is much more to this impressive monograph than its title suggests. An absorbing study. [...] As a foundation-laying work on late medieval Brabant, this book achieves a great deal. Indeed, it illuminates much else besides that duchy's history. Readers will find the Hundred Years War, the rise of Burgundy and the remarkable Luxembourg dynasty viewed from unusual angles. [...] Joins the classic works of J.F. Verbruggen and Claude Gaier. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW An interesting book which can be mined for information. HISTORY A very interesting and complete study of the military history of the Duchy. [...] So well-researched and finely detailed that it ought to be read by all who are trying to decipher medieval obligation. Highly recommended. CHOICE The book rests on a solid base of research and should find an audience among historians of the Low Countries. SPECULUM

Military history of the duchy during the reigns of Wenceslas and of Joan (1356-1383)p. 3
Military history of the duchy during the reign of Joan (1383-1406)p. 29
Assessment of half a century of warp. 45
Art of war, strategy and tacticsp. 51
The duke, the duchess and their entouragep. 77
The chain of commandp. 94
The three Estates of Brabantp. 113
Nobility and chivalry in Brabantp. 123
The urban militiasp. 133
Mercenaries, specialists and non-combatantsp. 152
General organisation of the armyp. 173
Military obligations and contractsp. 201
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ISBN: 9781843830610
ISBN-10: 1843830612
Series: Warfare in History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66