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The Soldier in Later Medieval England$
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Adrian R. Bell, Anne Curry, Andy King, and David Simpkin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680825

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680825.001.0001

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Where Did Soldiers Come From?

Where Did Soldiers Come From?

(p.216) 6 Where Did Soldiers Come From?
The Soldier in Later Medieval England

Adrian R. Bell

Anne Curry

Andy King

David Simpkin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the geographical origins of Hundred Years War soldiers more systematically. First it examines whether military recruitment occurred across the whole of England and Wales, and whether particular areas provided a disproportionate number of soldiers; additionally, whether men from certain regions tended to serve in particular theatres. In the second part, the evidence of soldiers from outside England and Wales is investigated. These soldiers were recruits from other dominions of the crown, such as Ireland and Gascony, as well as local men recruited to serve within their own war theatres, such as in Brittany and Normandy, and soldiers who came from other parts of Europe. Can we detect a deliberate policy of ‘overseas’ recruitment to boost troops raised within England and Wales?

Keywords:   geographical origin, Hundred Years War, regions, Gascony, Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Normandy, Europe, overseas recruitment

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