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Explaining Anglo-Saxon military efficiency: the landscape of mobilisation

Baker, J; Brookes, SJ; (2015) Explaining Anglo-Saxon military efficiency: the landscape of mobilisation. Anglo-Saxon England , 44 pp. 221-258. 10.1017/S0263675100080121. Green open access

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Abstract

The importance of warfare in Anglo-Saxon England is widely accepted, but the processes by which armies were put in the field are only partially understood, with most discussion focusing on the economic logistics rather than the spatial practicalities of mobilisation. Yet such a system underpinned recorded military actions and must have evolved in response to changing military organisation in the late Anglo-Saxon period. Through an assessment of documentary references to sites of muster, and by using a multidisciplinary landscape-focused approach, this article examines possible traces of that system – especially those preserved in place-names – and relates them to later Anglo-Saxon administrative geography.

Type: Article
Title: Explaining Anglo-Saxon military efficiency: the landscape of mobilisation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0263675100080121
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0263675100080121
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016.
Keywords: Anglo-Saxon, warfare, place-names, landscape archaeology
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1471696
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