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    Hi all,

    I haven't posted in these boards for a while, but I thought I would just put in a quick notice that my book (The Military Leadership of Matilda of Canossa, 1046-1115) is finally being published in the next few weeks.

    I've got a thread on it in the monastery, where I hope to answer any questions about medieval military history that arise from it. But here I thought I'd add a thread for any questions that arise about modern military history and events, since the book addresses some wider questions, such as the role of women in warfare and 'Fourth Generation Warfare' (though mostly I deal with these issues in my conclusion).


    The society for medieval military history (De re militari) is also hosting a sample chapter, which you can read here:

    http://www.deremilitari.org/resources/articles/hay.html

    And here's the monastery thread for specifically medieval questions:

    https://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showt...59#post1819259


    So, let me know if you have any questions; I'll be happy to answer them!

    Cheers,

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    Cool

    Congrats and welcome back to the realms of the Backroom, Hurin


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    Silly professor. Thinks he'll find rational minds back here, pfftt!

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    Women in war, hmmm. Was their such a thing such as beautiful woman wearing nothing but fur actually fighting for the men in the tribe next to them or was that just wishfull thinking, Congrats on book

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    Congrats !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fragony
    Women in war, hmmm. Was their such a thing such as beautiful woman wearing nothing but fur actually fighting for the men in the tribe next to them or was that just wishfull thinking[?]
    Generally no, this has been exaggerated (it seems): only certain unnamed videogames would contemplate whole units of 'Screeching Women' But amongst some tribes such as the Sarmatians/Scythians, it does seem that some individual women did fight, since they were buried with their bows and their armor.

    If you're thinking of Raquel Welsch in a 10,000 BC-type of thing, then that's probably just fantasy (wonderful as that is )

    Congrats on book
    Thanks! It is pretty exciting for me to see it finally make it into print.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurin_Rules
    Hi all,

    I haven't posted in these boards for a while, but I thought I would just put in a quick notice that my book (The Military Leadership of Matilda of Canossa, 1046-1115) is finally being published in the next few weeks.
    Hey Hurin Rules, nice to have you back! I missed you. Congratulations with the book, man.
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    The Man U. Press site is slow to respond, obviously innundated with requests for more info on our Prof 's new tome. Huzzah!

    Rumor had it you were out chasing bar-wenches and such, but I told 'em: "No! He's doing serious real-life stuff! Wait! You'll see!".

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    Congratulations!
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    Wonderful!

    You can PM me a signed copy.
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    Well, posted in the Monastery already (shows where my priorities are...), but a congratulations here as well!
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    That is excellent Hurin! Congratulations.

    It is good to see you back.
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    Congratulations!
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    Congrats Hurin!
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    Very nice! Congratulations!


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    congrats, maybe you could give us lazy orgahs a bit of a summary of the thing (like the writing usually on the back of books)
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    Congratulations Hurin_Rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleGrizzly
    congrats, maybe you could give us lazy orgahs a bit of a summary of the thing (like the writing usually on the back of books)
    Sure.

    Basically, the introduction looks at some of the wider issues involved in studying the 'Investiture Wars' of the eleventh and twelfth century, when popes and emperors went to war with one another over control of the church (or to be more specific, control over who got to be elected/appointed bishops within the church, since the office of bishop often now had important political, economic and military power attached to it). The introduction also looks at the issue of women in war, and why people have previously had such a hard time accepting that a woman was a genuine commander (not just a figurehead). I argue that in the Middle Ages, war was 'a practical, not a theoretical art' (the phrase is historian Timothy Reuter's). This meant that proficiency in command was generally passed down through families in an apprentice-style system: if your father was king or duke, he taught his children the skills he had acquired, much like a knight would teach his sons how to fight. In Matilda's case, her other siblings died, and she was the only one left, so her father, stepfather and mother taught her the family business, and she grew up surrounded by war.

    Chapters 1-4 are essentially a narrative of her major campaigns.

    Chapter 1 looks at her early education and her difficult childhood, which inured her to war. By the age of 10, her father had been assassinated, the Holy Roman Emperor (Henry III) had invaded her family lands, and she herself had been taken as a POW. She learned pretty quickly that if she couldn't protect herself, she may not survive. By the time she was approaching her 30s, her mother was grooming her for office, and she even participated in an attempt to lauch a 'crusade' with the famous Pope Gregory VII in 1074 (this was 21 years before the First Crusade was formally proclaimed). Unfortunately, this expedtion broke apart, but Matilda learned a lot from it.

    Chapters 2 and 3 look at Matilda's great victory over the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV in the Investiture Wars. It covers the famous meeting between pope Gregory VII and Henry IV at Canossa in 1077, when the emperor was humiliated by being forced to stand out in the snow before the front gates for three days. While this is one of the most famous events in medieval history, most historians are not aware of the fact that the castle of Canossa itself was Matilda's, and it was she who was protecting the pope from the emperor at that time!

    The rest of chapters 2 and three document Matilda's early defeats at the Battle of Volta (1080) and Gregory's expulsion from Rome (1084). But it also looks at the turning of the tide with Matilda's great victory at the Battle of Sorbara (1084), her invasion of Rome (1087) and her final victory over Henry at Canossa (1092) and Nogara (1095). In fact, it was really Matilda rather than the popes that defeated the emperor in this phase of the Investiture Contest.

    Chapter 4 examines Matilda's later campaigns, when she was called the gran contessa ('great countess') and ruled a huge swathe of Italy with an iron fist. She led successful sieges against the cities of Ferrara (1101), Parma (1104), Prato (1107), and Mantua (1114). In fact, she seems to have staved off the communal movement in Northern Italy mainly due to the great fear that so many people had of her. We find her leading military campaigns well after her 60th birthday.

    Chapter 5 switches gears to take a look at the ways in which male authors dealt with the idea of a woman in command. While her political enemies predictably savaged her as a quarrelsome, irrational woman, her allies defended her as a just warrior and servant of God. Some of her allies were actually some of the most prominent legal theorists of the age-- men like Anselm of Lucca-- and so her campaigns did have some impact on the propaganda and law of the day.

    In the conclusions I return to the wider issue of women in war and try to put Matilda's campaigns into context. I note that the Investiture War was as much a war of ideas as of territory, and in this respect sometimes mirrors modern insurgencies and 'Fourth Generation Warfare'. I also take some parting shots at modern military historians who don't know that thinking about these types of wars did not suddenly begin with the introduction of gunpowder :)

    In short, my book is not for everyone-- while I give a pretty detailed introduction to the period in my introduction, it would be a little hard for someone with no knowledge at all of medieval history to jump right into it. But if you do have a bit of a background, I think you'll find it pretty interesting, as most of these campaigns have not really been studied in English before.

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    And thanks, everyone, for all the congratulations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurin_Rules
    Chapters 2 and 3 look at Matilda's great victory over the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV in the Investiture Wars. It covers the famous meeting between pope Gregory VII and Henry IV at Canossa in 1077, when the emperor was humiliated by being forced to stand out in the snow before the front gates for three days. While this is one of the most famous events in medieval history, most historians are not aware of the fact that the castle of Canossa itself was Matilda's, and it was she who was protecting the pope from the emperor at that time!
    Yea, I remember that, pretty funny. Didn't know it was her castle though. Sounds interesting, I really like the timeframe.


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    Congratulations! Hope it's a big success for you!

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    Congratulations! Sounds like a very interesting topic.

    When I saw the thread title as being the most recently posted in the tavern, I thought it might be you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vladimir
    Yea, I remember that, pretty funny. Didn't know it was her castle though. Sounds interesting, I really like the timeframe.
    Yeah, it was said that Henry IV stood for three days barefoot in the snow before the pope finally agreed to see him.

    The event was made even more famous in the 19th century by Otto von Bismarck, who was then struggling against the Catholic Church as he was trying to unify Germany. He famously declared that 'We are not going to Canossa', meaning he would not bow down to Church authority. Hence, the phrase 'going to Canossa' became a metaphor for humiliation.
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    Congratulations Hurin
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    Congratulations! And it's good to hear from you again, Prof. Been far too long.

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