Call for Papers for Medieval Military History

Two conferences coming up in 2018 will be of interest to medieval military historians:

Loricati milites. Status, equipment and importance of the Francian military forces in the Early Medieval Period

Lorsch, March 14th-16th 2018

During the Carolingian period, war represented an important and integral part of the exercise of power, rule and everyday life. Numerous written sources provide an idea of the equipment, composition and supply of the Carolingian army, the campaigns and the opponents of the Frankish empire. However, as is often the case, there is a lack of detailed insights into the specific contexts: equipment details, weapon technologies, strategies or even organizational questions of military logistics. Approaches to these subjects are only possible with the inclusion of archaeological and iconographic sources, as well as intensive experimental archaeological research. Within the framework of the planned symposium, an international and interdisciplinary team of specialists will discuss current research questions on the above topics and expand upon them through demonstrations and experimental archaeology at Lauresham, the open-air laboratory. The ideal outcome would be to have a plan for the (re)construction of the complete equipment of a Carolingian mounted and armoured warrior for Lauresham.

The event also aims to stimulate professional dialogue between scientists, archaeologists, artisans and members of the reenactment community.


Wed, March 14th - Arrival day, reception and evening lecture

Thu, March 15th - Panel sessions, Demonstrations

Fri, March 16th - Panel sessions, Demonstrations, Summary of the results / discussion, and Public evening lecture

Areas of interest for possible papers and demonstrations:

Wars in the Early Medieval Period Weapons
Animals in warfare
Wardrobe and armour of the mounted warrior
Logistics and strategy
Clergy and early medieval warfare

Deadline for submission of abstracts with title (150 words): Sept 15th 2017

NOTE: if accepted, papers will have to be of no more than 15 minutes duration

Please include presenter’s name, affiliation and contact information.

Kindly submit the abstract in a pdf format to

Accepted applicants will be notified by October 1st 2017. The selection of papers will take into consideration how the combination of contributions might best stimulate conversations and debates, and expand perspectives on the topic.


UNESCO World Heritage Site Lorsch Abbey
Lauresham Open Air Laboratory for Experimental Archaeology
Claus Kropp
Nibelungenstr. 32
D-64653 Lorsch

Click here to download a PDF file of this Call for Papers

Stuttgart Psalter, Württembergische Landesbibliothek Stuttgart, fol. 71v

International Congress on Medieval Studies

Western Michigan University
May 10 - 13, 2018

Several sessions will be of interest:

De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History

Four sessions on:

  1. Annual Journal of Medieval Military History Lecture
  2. War and Chivalry
  3. Medieval Military History
  4. Medieval Military Technology

Contact: Valerie Eads
School of Visual Arts
Dept. of Humanities and Sciences

Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and  Religion, Cardiff Univ.; De Re Militari: Society for Medieval Military History

Generalship: In the Field and from the Armchair

Contact: Helen J. Nicholson
Cardiff Univ.
School of History, Archaeology and Religion,

Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages

Military Medicine: Wounds and Disease in Warfare

Contact: William H. York
Portland State Univ. University Honors College

Learn more from the International Congress on Medieval Studies website

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