Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY, USA : Boydell Press, 1994.
Book — 191 p.
Welsh tactics and the English response
the castlery of Clun
the "muntatores" of Oswestry
local commanders in Shropshire - the wardens of the march
the constitutional influences of Welsh miltary custom upon march institutions. Appendices: a chronology of local military activity on the Shropshire march - 1065-1296
a geographical analysis of the 1284 constituents of the Clun Welshry
a note on the vexing problem of "warden" nomenclature
the legend of the 12th-century Fitz Warin wardenship of the march.
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Between 1066 and 1282 two quite different societies were juxtaposed along the Welsh Marches: a feudally-based Anglo-Norman one, and a Celtic Welsh one. It has been conventional to consider the former to have been more sophisticated and developed than the latter but, in fact, the situation was more complex, and during more than two centuries of attacks and campaigns each society borrowed from the other.This book is the first comparative study of the two military systems. It considers issues pertinent to the entire border region, and, indeed, to other medieval marches. The specific topics examined include: the nature of Welsh military service, Welsh tactics and the English response, the development and functioning of Clun (a representative border castlery), the local command in Shropshire and the so-called 'wardens' of the March, and the extent to which Welsh military customs influenced those of the Marches and of England. Frederick Suppe is Professor of History at Ball State University. (source: Nielsen Book Data)