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The Medieval military – how professional was it?

Release Date 22 August 2006

Did professional soldiers exist before the early modern period? This is the question that Dr Adrian Bell from the ICMA Centre at the University of Reading will answer with £500,000 worth of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). 'Just as there has been a reluctance to accept the existence in the later middle ages of anything more than a 'proto-state', so too it is believed that a professional soldiery did not develop until the early modern period', said Dr Adrian Bell. 'Along with my colleague Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton, we will aim to challenge these assumptions by conducting a comprehensive longitudinal study of soldiers in English royal armies between 1369 and 1453.' The project has an innovative methodological approach and will produce an on-line searchable resource for public use of immense value and interest to genealogists as well as social, political and military historians. The project which begins in October this year will employ two Research Assistants and will also offer one Doctoral Research Studentship on the Welsh Soldier. The whole team will also work on a jointly authored book, conference papers and articles. For more information visit http://www.medievalsoldier.org. Ends For media enquiries, please contact: Eleanor Holmes Press Officer, The University of Reading T: 0118 378 6166 E: e.m.holmes@reading.ac.uk

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