Shooting the Sh*t in Late Medieval Flanders

New article in latest issue of French History. Mostly on social interactions and cultural networks between towns in the Low Countries, but might be of interest to narrowly-defined military historians as well.

Crombie, Laura. “French and Flemish Urban Festive Networks: Archery and Crossbow Competitions Attended and Hosted by Tournai in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries.” French History 27, no. 2 (June 1, 2013): 157–175.
Abstract:
This article analyses the inter-urban festive networks around Tournai as evidenced by archery and crossbow competitions to show the relationship between towns developing and declining over the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Such festive networks will also be placed in the context of other cultural, commercial and political interactions to add depth to an understanding of the connections between towns on the borders of French and Burgundian lands. Archery and crossbow guilds appeared across northern Europe in the early fourteenth century as defenders but also as prestigious socio-devotional groups; their great competitions are first documented in 1328 and became some of the most spectacular urban festivities. Yet, rather than describing spectacles, the events and attendance patterns are analysed here to shed light on festive and cultural networks between Tournai and her neighbours.
It’s about time Guillaume Dites gets his due.
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