The armour of the common soldier in the late middle ages. "Harnischrödel" as sources for the history of urban martial culture

Schmid, Regula (2017). The armour of the common soldier in the late middle ages. "Harnischrödel" as sources for the history of urban martial culture. Acta periodica duellatorum, 5(2), pp. 7-24. De Gruyter 10.1515/apd-2017-0006

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The designation Harnischrödel (rolls of armour) lumps together different kinds of urban inventories. They list the names of citizens and inhabitants together with the armour they owned, were compelled to acquire within their civic obligations, or were obliged to lend to able-bodied men. This contribution systematically introduces Harnischrödel of the 14th and 15th c. as important sources for the history of urban martial culture. On the basis of lists preserved in the archives of Swiss towns, it concentrates on information pertaining to the type and quality of an average urban soldier’s gear. Although the results of this analysis are only preliminary – at this point, it is not possible to produce methodologically sound statistics –, the value of the lists as sources is readily evident, as only a smattering of the once massive quantity of actual objects has survived down to the present time.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Medieval History

UniBE Contributor:

Schmid, Regula

Subjects:

900 History > 940 History of Europe

ISSN:

2064-0404

Publisher:

De Gruyter

Language:

English

Submitter:

Regula Schmid Keeling

Date Deposited:

30 Apr 2018 15:01

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 17:29

Publisher DOI:

10.1515/apd-2017-0006

Uncontrolled Keywords:

armour, common soldier, source, methodology, urban martial culture, town

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.111318

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/111318

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