Medieval Warfare I.3

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After the Arab invasions of the 7th century AD set the stage for great conflicts, the tumultuous 8th century featured Saracen armies marching across the Iberian Peninsula and into France, clashing with Christian kingdoms along the way.

Theme: The first clash - The Saracen invasion of Spain and France in the 8th century.

  • Historical introduction – Iván Giménez, ‘Introduction to the theme’.
  • The Source – Murray Dahm, ‘On early Arab chronicles’.
  • Albert Raul, ‘The Berbers in Spain’.
  • Kai Grundmann, ‘The fall of the Visigoths and the rise of Asturia’.
  • David Balfour, ‘The Battle of Tours/Poitiers’.


  • The Weapon – Ross Cowan, ‘The Two-Handed Scottish Highland Sword’.
  • The Castle – Gareth Williams, ‘Castles in Western Europe in the 8th-11th century’.
  • Special – Jon Sneddon, ‘Medieval German tournaments and tournament societies’.
  • The Battle – Charles Jones, ‘The Battle of Fulford, 1066’.
  • Weapon Handling – John Clements, ‘Swords against armour – Part II: Plate armour’.

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