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War and Competition between States$
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Philippe Contamine

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202141

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202141.001.0001

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Pro deo et patria mori: Sanctified Patriotism in Europe, 1400–1600

Pro deo et patria mori: Sanctified Patriotism in Europe, 1400–1600

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(p.221) Chapter 9 Pro deo et patria mori: Sanctified Patriotism in Europe, 1400–1600
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War and Competition between States
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Norman Housley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202141.003.0009

This chapter examines the emergence of the so-called sanctified patriotism in Europe during the period from 1400 to 1600. It describes the possible premises that led to the development of sanctified patriotism, including the belief that waging war in defence of homeland could be a holy act. An interesting example of this is the Battle of the Standard in which northern baronial supporters of King Stephen defeated an invading Scottish army led by King David.

Keywords:   patriotism, Europe, holy act, Battle of the Standard, King Stephen, King David

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