Nobles, Knights and Men-at-arms in the Middle Ages
By (author) Maurice Keen
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Nobles, Knights and Men-at-arms in the Middle Ages by Maurice Keen
Book DescriptionThe literature of chivalry and of courtly love has left an indelible impression on western ideas. What is less clear is how far the contemporary warrior aristocracy took this literature to heart and how far its ideals had influence in practice, especially in war. These are questions that Maurice Keen is uniquely qualified to answer. This book is a collection of Maurice Keen's articles and deals with both the ideas of chivalry and the reality of warfare. He discusses brotherhood-in-arms, courtly love, crusades, heraldry, knighthood, the law of arms, tournaments and the nature of nobility, as well as describing the actual brutality of medieval warfare and the lure of plunder. While the standards set by chivalric codes undoubtedly had a real, if intangible, influence on the behaviour of contemporaries, chivalry's idealisation of the knight errant also enhanced the attraction of war, endorsing its horrors with a veneer of acceptability.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781852850876
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Hambledon Continuum
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Maurice Keen
Laws of War in the Late Middle Ages, Hardback (September 2015)
Reprint of the edition published by Routledge & Kegan Paul, and the University of Toronto Press, in 1965.
Outlaws of Medieval Legend, Paperback (December 2000)
This fascinating book explains the popularity of the likes of Robin Hood and William Wallace, and many other lesser known rogues, and how their stories appealed to the common people of the Middle Ages.
Medieval Warfare, Hardback (August 1999)» View all books by Maurice Keen
This account of the great confrontations of medieval Europe (c.700-1500) examines major developments in the methods of warfare from the time of Charlemagne through to the end of the Crusades.
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