(Artikelnr: 9780297846789)
Sean McGlynn

Hardback. 296 col pls (Weidenfeld and Nicholson 2008, Pb 2009). Publishers price € 30,00.

The chronicles of the Middle Ages are full of famous episodes of shocking violence: examples would include the massacres of non-combatants or prisoners at Beziers and Acre, and violent campaigns such as William the Conqueror's harrying of the north. Sean McGlynn here argues that these savage events were not isolated examples but a fundamental part of medieval warfare. He builds up a picture of an unrelentingly violent medieval world where crime and punishment were as gruesome as acts of war, and where even entertainment seems to consist of little more than acts of mindless violence - nailing a cat to a plank and taking turns to see who can head-butt it to death, anyone? Going beyond simple description he also attempts to delve into the mindset of the medieval warrior, using modern parallels and psychological research. Overall this is a powerful attempt to persuade the non-specialist that there was no such thing as a 'Golden Age of Chivalry'. 296 col pls (Weidenfeld and Nicholson 2008, Pb 2009)
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