New academic paper coming out at Dijon

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New academic paper coming out at Dijon

Postby Galloglaich » Wed May 01, 2013 10:17 pm

By yours truly

"The international Dijon Gathering is proud to present Acta Periodica Duellatorum, a brand new publication fully dedicated to HEMA related research. This initiative, led by Dr. Mátyás Miskolczi aims to provide researchers willing to share their work with a platform who understands the stakes and the multidisciplinar aspects of this specific field of expertise.

Publication Board :
Brown, Scott (USA)
Jaquet, Daniel (CH)
Majár, János Ph.D. (H)
Miskolczi, Mátyás Ph.D. (H)
Waldmann, Szabolcs (H)
Winter, Harald (A)

The first publication will be printed at the beginning of May, and it will be available during the event.

You can read the abstracts of the articles here:

Fore more information :"
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Re: New academic paper coming out at Dijon

Postby Galloglaich » Wed May 01, 2013 10:21 pm

This is the abstract of mine:

Chandler, Jean

Title: A brief examination of warfare by Medieval urban militias in Central and Northern Europe

In the period roughly 1150 AD – 1500 AD, several of the urban communes of Central and Northern Europe coalesced into a fighting force which collectively played an increasingly important role in European warfare. For the historical fencing community, this is significant because a large number of the known fencing Masters have some association with the towns. The specific military role of the burgher is not well known outside of the realm of academic specialists, particularly in the English speaking world. This paper will seek to aggregate and summarize some of the key historical events where urban militias played a critical role. It will also include a review of the effectiveness, organization, tactics and strategic impact of urban militias in Lombardy, Flanders, Switzerland, the Rhineland, Saxony, Bohemia and Poland.

The earliest significant victory by urban militias was that of the Lombard League in Northern Italy, over the Emperor Frederick II Barbarossa of the Holy Roman Empire. Thanks to the efforts of the fencer and researcher Piermarco Terminiello we have access to a 13th Century book of guild statutes from Bologna which cover the organization of the town militia that emerged from the Lombard League. The statutes themselves have yet to be translated from Medieval Latin, but the introduction in modern Italian includes a detailed summary of the organization of the militia.

In the 13th Century, the militias of Wroclaw and Krakow played an important if not decisive role in the power struggles of the Piast dynasty, and Krakow played a critical role in defeating the last major Mongol invasion of Poland, marking a sharp decline in the scale and impact of their raids. These events are documented by Jan Dlugosz in period and by some modern academic specialists, most recently by Norman Davies and Roger Moorhouse in a detailed analysis of Wroclaw published in 2003.

The Flemish uprisings against the French in the late 13th Century and early 14th are well known in the West, if not well understood in the context of European Urban communities. The military development of the militias of Hamburg and Lübeck, and their alliance with local armed peasants, led directly to the formation of the Hanseatic League in the 14th Century. While the Hanse is of course, well known in the English speaking world, this back story is not. Similarly the Swiss are very well known for the formidable challenge they presented to the Hapsburgs, the Valois of Burgundy, and in the Italian Wars, but the specific role of urban militias among the Swiss ’Mercenaries’ is less well understood and worth examining.

In the 15th Century several towns in the Rhineland played a critical role in the ramping up of hostilities between the last Valois Duke of Burgundy, Charles the Bold, and the Swiss who would eventually take his life, shattering what was at that time one of the most powerful princely States in Europe.

Finally, in Poland and Bohemia in the 15th Century, urban militias played a key role in two major events with serious implications for Central European history and the development of European warfare. The first was the Hussite rebellion in the 1420’s, and the shattering defeats the Czech heretics inflicted upon four consecutive Crusades from the West, the second was the successful uprising by the 19 cities of the Prussian Confederation against the Teutonic Order, and their subsequent alliance with Poland.

The Hussites are well known to military historians due to their remarkable innovations in firearms and cannon in the early 15th Century. But only a small part of their story has made it into the mainstream. The major impact of their war wagon technology and the continued critical importance of Czech mercenaries in wars throughout the region, particularly in Poland and Hungary, well into the 16th Century, are comparable to that of the Swiss in Italy. Their role has generally been underestimated or misunderstood in the English speaking world. This paper will focus on the life of the powerful Czech mercenary captain Jan Jiskra z Brandysa to explore the latter in more detail.

In every case outlined above, urban militias developed major technical innovations and new tactics, often very quickly, in order to cope with nearly overwhelming challenges from the aristocracy, from the Church, and from foreign invaders. The military power of urban militias rose in some places suddenly, in many others gradually, but once established remained formidable for generations to come. This allowed for the creation and sustained existence of the urban middle classes in Central and Northern Europe, which in turn played an important role in the development of the martial arts we know today as the Kunst Des Fechten, as well as many other innovations in the worlds of art, architecture, astronomy and so on, which are well beyond the scope of this paper.

The purpose of this paper will be to explore how and why this came about, and what kind of environment it created, to help provide context for researchers in the historical fencing community.

Urban militias, Central European warfare, medieval war,
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Re: New academic paper coming out at Dijon

Postby drkguy3107 » Wed May 01, 2013 11:32 pm

I only skimmed it but this looks fantastic. ~ The most enlightening community on the web.
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Re: New academic paper coming out at Dijon

Postby Galloglaich » Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:03 am

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Re: New academic paper coming out at Dijon

Postby zarlor » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:56 pm

An the journal it's published in can now be purchased from Purpleheart Armoury at:
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Re: New academic paper coming out at Dijon

Postby Galloglaich » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:37 pm

My review on a pretty good book on women in Medieval Bohemia (Czech region) is out now on HROARR ... te-queens/
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Re: New academic paper coming out at Dijon

Postby Galloglaich » Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:13 pm

Just posting a link for my lectures for my own easy reference

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Lecture 2 2013 ... aa9lKo#t=2
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