Living with war: Refractions of the Welsh experience 600–1300

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Abstract

This book explores the representation of the warrior in relation to the king in early north-west Europe. These essays, by scholars from the areas of Norse, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon studies, examine how medieval writers highlighted the role of the warrior in relation to kings, or to authority, and to society as a whole. The warrior who fought for his people was also a danger to them. How was such a destructive force to be controlled? The Christian church sought to challenge the ethos of the pagan tribal warrior and to reduce the barbarism of warfare (at least its worst excesses). We can follow this struggle in the medieval literature produced in the areas under study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKing and warrior in early north-west Europe
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherFour Courts Press
Pages8
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)978-1-84682-501-9
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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