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The chivalric ethos and the development of military professionalism
Trim, D. J. B. (David J. B.)
Publication Information:
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2003]

Physical Description:
xii, 359 pages, 9 pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Introduction / D.J.B. Trim -- Why chivalry? Military 'professionalism' in the twelfth century : the origins and expressions of a socio-military ethos / Matthew Bennett -- Condottieri and captains in Renaissance Italy / Michael Mallett -- Portuguese nobility, and the rise and decline of Portuguese military power, 1400-1650 / Malyn Newitt -- Artisans, architects and aristocrats : professionalism and Renaissance military engineering / Simon Pepper -- Chivalry and professionalism in the French armies of the Renaissance / David Potter.

Chivalry, military professionalism and the early Tudor army in Renaissance Europe : a reassessment / Luke MacMahon -- Chivalry and the professionalism in electoral Saxony in the mid-sixteenth century / Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly -- Soldados platicos and caballeros : the social dimensions of ethics in the early modern Spanish army / Fernando González de León -- Army, society and military professionalism in the Netherlands during the Eighty Years' War / D.J.B. Trim -- Officer corps and army command in the British Isles, 1620-1660 / Martyn Bennett.

Shoot them all : chivalry, honour and the Confederate Army officer corps / Mark A. Weitz.
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The essays in this volume explore the extent to which the chivalric ethos and military professionalism were incompatible, as well as their relative significance for developments in the art of war, and the rise of the state.
Essays explore the armies and societies of late-medieval and early-modern France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany, England and the Netherlands. They examine both the theory and practice of war, using literary, archival and artistic evidence. Overall the volume probes what constitutes military 'professionalism'; assesses the real long term significance of developments in this period; and considers whether military professionalism required the waning of the chivalric ethos or merely resulted in it.
Analysis of elite culture makes this valuable for historians of culture and politics. Military operations are related to organisations and structures, bridging the gap of military enthusiasts and academic historians.

Author Notes

D.J.B. Trim is Lecturer in History in the Department of Humanities, Newbold College, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Reading. He has (co-)edited four volumes of essays on medieval and early-modern military, political and religious history.

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The idea of early modern military professionalism has been highlighted in recent historical publications that have tried to tie it to drill/marching, strategy/tactics, leadership, the "Military Revolution," and even dance. However, few of these works have done more than scratch the surface of the source material available, perhaps because of the wide-ranging, geographical, and chronological expertise that such a subject requires, especially if medieval antecedents and modern descendants are considered. To counter this, Trim (Newbold College) brings together the mastery of some of the best military historians. After an impressive presentation on medieval military professionalism by Matthew Bennett, essays follow approaching the subject from early modern Italy (Michael Mallett), Portugal (Malyn Newitt), France (David Potter), England (Luke MacMahon), Saxony (Helen Watanabe-Kelly), Spain (Fernando Gonzales de Leon), the Netherlands (Trim), and the more extended British Isles (Martyn Bennett). There is also an essay on professionalism among military engineers by Simon Pepper, and a concluding essay on Confederate Army officers during the US Civil War by Mark Weitz. This collection holds together nicely, presenting a most complete study on the subject and earning this reviewer's highest recommendation. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. K. R. DeVries Loyola College in Maryland