Military personnel

  • Helen Nicholson


Gregory, bishop of Tours 573–94, describes in his ‘History of the Franks’ how, in AD 585, the army of the Merovingian King Guntram of the Franks set out to attack the city of Poitiers, whose inhabitants had rebelled against him. Having captured Poitiers, the army marched south to crush the army of Gundovald, who claimed to be a son of King Lothar I (d. 561) and therefore Guntram’s brother and a contender for the throne. This army contained men on horseback and on foot. Gregory mentions that they were armed with javelins, or spears. The army had a large baggage train of wagons, which was left in the care of the less able-bodied when the army went to attack the church of St Vincent at Agen.


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Further reading

  1. Andrew Ayton, Knights and Warhorses: Military Service and the English Aristocracy Under Edward III (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1994)Google Scholar
  2. Jim Bradbury, The Medieval Archer (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1985)Google Scholar
  3. Peter Coss, The Knight in Medieval England, 1000–1400 (Stroud: Alan Sutton, 1993)Google Scholar
  4. Kelly DeVries, Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century: Discipline, Tactics and Technology (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1996)Google Scholar
  5. Kelly DeVries, ‘Teenagers at War During the Middle Ages’, in The Premodern Teenager: Youth in Society, 1150–1650, ed. Konrad Eisenbichler (Toronto: Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, 2002), reprinted at: Scholar
  6. Susan Edgington and Sarah Lambert, eds, Gendering the Crusades (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2001).Google Scholar
  7. Also contains a useful bibliography Stephen S. Evans, Lords of Battle: Image and Reality of the Comitatus in Dark-Age Britain (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1997)Google Scholar
  8. Kenneth Fowler, Medieval Mercenaries: Volume 1: The Great Companies (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001)Google Scholar
  9. Michael E. Mallett, Mercenaries and their Masters: Warfare in Renaissance Italy (Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1974)Google Scholar
  10. Michael Prestwich, War, Politics and Finance Under Edward I (London: Faber and Faber, 1972)Google Scholar
  11. Nicholas Wright, Knights and Peasants in the Hundred Years War in the French Countryside (Woodbridge: Boydell, 1998)Google Scholar

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