Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Castles in Medieval SocietyFortresses in England, France, and Ireland in the Central Middle Ages$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Charles L. H. Coulson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208242.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 18 September 2019

Noble Military ‘Liberties’, Ethos and Ethics

Noble Military ‘Liberties’, Ethos and Ethics

Chapter:
(p.98) 1 Noble Military ‘Liberties’, Ethos and Ethics
Source:
Castles in Medieval Society
Author(s):

CHARLES L. H. COULSON

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208242.003.0005

That fortresses were a basic ingredient of the medieval period, rather than an instrument of civil war waged by an anti-social minority, appears more fully by considering the medieval ‘arms ban’. Militant architecture and weaponry of all kinds have much in common as icons of rank and power. But whereas fortifying itself was rarely an act of force and did not ordinarily endanger the peace or jeopardize the public interest, the unrestrained use of weapons might well do both. New castles were peacefully sanctioned by local seignorial authority, with or without royal involvement in France, most often with it in England but preventing the associated noble liberty of arms-bearing from wreaking the havoc occasionally caused by large-scale state-sponsored violence called for constant vigilance. For good and for ill, castles were an integral feature of the noble and larger society which produced them, participating as much in its economic and cultural life as, albeit marginally overall, in its military activities.

Keywords:   castles, fortresses, medieval period, military liberties, noblemen, England, France, weaponry, architecture, arms ban

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .