A fine great company of good men, well armed and equipped: Barbour's description of Scottish Arms and Armour in The Bruce

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Abstract

This collection of articles is the result of an interdisciplinary Medieval Studies conference held at the University of Sheffield in 2009. Brutality and aggression were a stark reality of everyday life in the Middle Ages; from individual rebellions through family feuds to epic wars, a history of medieval warfare could easily be read as a history of medieval violence. This volume goes beyond such an analysis by illustrating just how pervasive the nature of war could be, influencing not only medieval historiography and chronicle tradition, but also other disciplines such as art, architecture, literature and law. The overarching and multi-faceted themes bring together both iconic aspects of medieval warfare such as armour and the Crusades, as well as taking in the richness of textual traditions and matters of crucial importance at the time—the justification for war and the means by which peace can be re-established.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBattles and Bloodshed
Subtitle of host publicationThe Medieval World at War
EditorsLorna Bleach, Keira Borrill
Place of PublicationNewcastle-upon-Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Pages39-56
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)1-4438-4609-0, 978-1-4438-4609-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013

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    MacInnes, I. A. (2013). A fine great company of good men, well armed and equipped: Barbour's description of Scottish Arms and Armour in The Bruce. In L. Bleach, & K. Borrill (Eds.), Battles and Bloodshed: The Medieval World at War (pp. 39-56). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. http://www.cambridgescholars.com/download/sample/57960