War and Conflict in Premodern Societies

War and Conflict in Premodern Societies is a pioneering series that moves away from strategies, battles, and chronicle histories in order to provide a home for work that places warfare in broader contexts, and contributes new insights on everyday experiences of conflict and violence. It encourages scholars of the medieval and early modern periods to push at the boundaries of the study of war, and shed new light on the practicalities that were so critical to its success or failure. It also provides a home for studies of war’s cultural and social significance.
Innovative use of source material is encouraged (archaeological and literary as well as documentary) and scholarship in the following areas is particularly welcomed:

●      Military margins: Under-represented and hitherto little researched aspects and experiences of war: from logistics like water supplies and latrines, to female experience, the everyday lives of soldiers between skirmishes and after battle, and the perspectives of camp followers, mercenaries, ancillaries.

●      War in context: detailed explorations of warfare and its effects on society relating to a particular country, region or empire over a particular period.

●      Conflict studies: medieval violence and warfare examined through the lens of conflict studies and conflict resolution.

Submissions may be monographs or edited volumes of 70,000 to 110,000 words (and occasional “Companion” reference works of over 200,000 words), or shorter “minigraphs” of 45,000 to 60,000 words.

Geographical Scope


Chronological Scope

500 – 1700 CE


military history, warfare, material culture, conflict studies, cultural heritage, social history, medieval, early modern, violence

Titles Published

Available as hardback and PDF ebook and, in some cases, as Open Access and in paperback. Click on heading above for current list.

Editorial Contacts

Editorial Board

Dr. John D. Hosler

Associate Professor of Military History specializing in the European middle ages and the history of medieval strategy and warfare. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and, currently, the President of De Re Militari (the Society for medieval military history), which is the home of the leading scholarly journal in my field, the Journal of Medieval Military History. Before my appointment at CGSC, I taught for twelve years at Morgan State University, an HBCU in Baltimore, where I was promoted to Full Professor.


Research activity at: http://cgsc.academia.edu/JohnHosler

Dr. Kathryn Hurlock

Senior Lecturer and historian of medieval Britain, with particular reference to the role of the crusades in British life. I also work on pilgrimage in medieval Wales from the twelfth to the early sixteenth centuries, which forms the focus of my next book.

My new research project on The Returning Soldier will work with colleagues at Manchester Metropolitan University and elsewhere to examine the figure of the Returning Soldier from the Ancient World to the early twenty-first century. My particular interest in this lies in the impact of crusading on those who return from conflict, and the potential transformative impact of fighting a holy war. I am interested in how successful campaigns compared to those deemed failures, the impact of mental and physical injury, and the ways in which returning crusaders sought to remember, commemorate and deal with their own participation.


Bio available at: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/hpp/staff/profile/index.php?id=57

Dr. Louisa Taylor

Research fellow with interests in:
· Medieval History
· High Medieval Scandinavia
· High Medieval England
· Conflict and Violence
· Ideals and norms of the warrior elite
· Elite culture
· Clerical violence
· Comparative History


Bio available at: https://www.hf.uio.no/iakh/english/people/aca/history/temporary/louisat/

Prof. L. J. Andrew Villalon