This volume of essays to mark the seventieth birthday of J. O. Prestwich is concerned with two themes which Mr Prestwich has made particularly his own. It will be an important contribution to the literature on medieval war and military organisation, as well as to such subjects as crusading activity and royal finance. The majority of the essays concentrate on the twelfth and thirteenth century, and the contents are as follows: Roger Collins, 'The Basques in Aquitaine and Navarre: problems of the frontier government'; R. Allen Brown, 'The Status of the Norman Knight'; Colin Morris, 'Policy and Visions. The case of the Holy Lance at Antioch'; Judith Green, 'The Lords of the Norman Vexin'; Marie-Therese Flanagan, 'Strongbow, Henry II and the Anglo-Norman intervention in Ireland'; John Gillingham, 'Richard I and the science of war in the Middle Ages'; J.C. Holt, 'The Loss of Normandy and Royal Finance'; David Carpenter, 'What happened in 1258?'; Simon Lloyd, 'The Lord Edward's Crusade, 1270-2: its setting and significance'; Malcolm Vale, 'The Gascon Nobility and the Anglo-French War 1294-98'; Michael Prestwich, 'Cavalry Service in Early Fourteenth Century England'; Christopher Tyerman, 'Sed Nihil Fecit? The Last Capetians and the Recovery of the Holy Land'; Maurice Keen, 'The Jurisdiction and Origins of the Constable's Court'; J.M.W. Bean, 'The Financial Position of Richard, Duke of York'.
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