Jörg Rogge (ed.)

Killing and Being Killed: Bodies in Battle

Perspectives on Fighters in the Middle Ages

What bodily experiences did fighters make through their lifetime and especially in violent conflicts? How were the bodies of fighters trained, nourished, and prepared for combat? How did they respond to wounds, torture and the ubiquitous risk of death?

The articles present examples of body techniques of fighters and their perception throughout the Middle Ages. The geographical scope ranges from the Anglo-Scottish borderlands over Central Europe up to the Mediterranean World. This larger framework enables the reader to trace the similarities and differences of the cultural practice of "Killing and Being Killed" in various contexts.

Contributions by Iain MacInnes, Alastair J. Macdonald, Bogdan-Petru Maleon, and others.

€29.99 * $35.00 *

23 January 2017, 272 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-3783-0

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Jörg Rogge

Jörg Rogge, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany

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1. Why a book on this subject?

It is commonly known, that »Killing and Being Killed« is the essence of and prerequisite for war, today as well as in the Middle Ages. The fact is taken for granted, but the questions of how, when or under which circumstances are raised rarely. The book wants to examine the practices and also the handling of the ubiquitous danger to life and limb developed by the fighters and their respective society. It was important to present a broad geographical and temporal scope, in order to detect similarities and differences in the practices of »Killing and Being Killed«.

2. What relevance does this subject have in the current research debates?

Corporeal practices have been widely debated in the Cultural Sciences. In recent years, the interest in conflict and violence research has increased, especially, but not only, in the management of injuries and the mental and physical condition of fighters, who put their live at risk. The time had come to gather several case studies and approaches to give a conspectus – at least for the medieval period.

3. What new perspectives does your book open up?

The contributions to the book provide insight into the practice of »Killing and Being Killed« beyond the traditional military history or the absolute numbers of those killed in action. We concentrate on the bodily experience of fighters and their depiction and perception in their contemporary culture. The focus is on the fighters, not on war and violence as a side effect of political history.

4. Who would you preferably like to discuss your book with?

I would like to discuss it with military historians, historical anthropologists and researchers with a focus on body and/or violence in the Middle Ages.

5. Your book in only one sentence:

»Killing and Being Killed« – New perspectives on an existential challenge during the Middle Ages.

Jörg Rogge (ed.)
Book title
Killing and Being Killed: Bodies in Battle Perspectives on Fighters in the Middle Ages
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 10 SW-Abbildungen
Commodity Group
HIS037010 HIS037040 HIS054000
Release date
23 January 2017
Körper, Gewalt, Kulturgeschichte
Cultural Sciences, Conflict and Violence Research, History, Military History
Body, Middle Ages, Fight, Violence, Conflict, Medieval History, Early Modern History, European History, History, Cultural History

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