‘According to the custom used in French and Scottish wars’: Prisoners and casualties on the Scottish Marches in the fourteenth century

@article{King2002AccordingTT,
  title={‘According to the custom used in French and Scottish wars’: Prisoners and casualties on the Scottish Marches in the fourteenth century},
  author={Andy King},
  journal={Journal of Medieval History},
  year={2002},
  volume={28},
  pages={263 - 290}
}
  • A. King
  • Published 1 September 2002
  • History
  • Journal of Medieval History
John Balliol’s defiance of Edward I in 1296 saw the beginning of a century of intermittent warfare and raiding on the Anglo-Scottish borders. It might be expected that this would have led to a heavy casualty rate amongst the border gentry, but, in fact, the conventions of fourteenth-century chivalry and the nature of the war worked to keep fatalities to a surprisingly low level. The chivalric ethos and the customs of war ensured that prisoners were well treated, and that ransoms were not too… Expand
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