The soldier in Later Medieval England


By Adrian R Bell, Adam Chapman, Anne Curry, Andy King and David Simpkin, published 29th April 2008

What did you do in the Hundred Years War, Daddy?

Traditionally, the Middle Ages have been portrayed as the ‘Feudal Age', when men were given land in return for performance of unpaid military service. Whilst this may have formed the basis of the English military system in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, it was most certainly not the way armies were raised in the period of the  Hundred Years War (1337-1453). English armies of this late medieval period were all paid by the crown and, in theory at least, all soldiers were volunteers. As Michael Prestwich and others have shown, the turning point had been the reign of Edward I (1272-1307): the king's many...Click the attachment below to read the full article!

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