The Lords of Battle: Image and Reality of the Comitatus in Dark Age Britain

Author(s): Stephen S. Evans

20th Century Warfare

The Lords of Battle examines the image of the comitatus, or warband, as it is portrayed in literary and historical sources from Britain's early medieval period to determine the extent to which this image reflects an historical reality. Through an extensive use of a variety of source material, poems, charters, artefacts, the book investigates both the structure of the warband, and the practices and institutions which supported it.


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Historical background of Dark-Age Britain; military organization; social structure; duties and obligations; poets, poetry and heroic ideals; the hall; other social institutions and cultural concepts; economic supports. Appendix - the dating of heroic poetry.

General Fields

  • : 9780851156620
  • : Boydell & Brewer Ltd
  • : The Boydell Press
  • : 0.262
  • : September 1998
  • : 234mm X 156mm X 9mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stephen S. Evans
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 941.01
  • : 180
  • : black & white illustrations