Call for Papers: The Face of Battle in Medieval History and Literature

Bataille_de_Bouvines_In recent years there has been a revolution in the study of medieval warfare.  Traditional paradigms that emphasised pitched battles and the charge of heavily armed mounted knights have given way to a focus upon sieges and raids, as well as a more nuanced understanding of medieval generalship and of the place of war within medieval society.  Yet much remains to be discovered about the place of battles in medieval warfare, and about their representation in contemporary historical and literary texts.

The Face of Battle in Medieval History and Literature will be a one-day conference held by Swansea University’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO) on Friday 20 June 2014 to discuss the significance of the medieval battle.  The year 2014 includes significant anniversaries for two epoch-making medieval encounters:  the 800th anniversary of the French royal victory over Imperial, Flemish and English forces at Bouvines (27 July 1214), and the 700th anniversary of the Scottish victory over the English at Bannockburn (24 June 1314).  Plenary papers will be given by Professor Matthew Strickland (Glasgow) concerning Bouvines and Dr Michael Brown (St Andrews) concerning Bannockburn.  The Symposium will be held in honour of Professor John France, Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at Swansea University, to celebrate his many contributions to the history of warfare.

Proposals for papers should be submitted to the Director of MEMO, Professor Daniel Power (d.j.power@swansea.ac.uk) by Friday 31 January 2014.  MEMO is an interdisciplinary research centre, and the organisers welcome contributors who take literary or archaeological as well as historical approaches to the study of medieval warfare.

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