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This conclusory chapter of the book presents a case study, which is employed to bring together the themes and arguments employed in the earlier chapters and highlights the importance of context in the use of both surprise and deception in medieval warfare. The traditional view of warfare in the middle Ages saw knights as the single most important actor and glorious battle as the only element worthy of real attention. As the appreciation of the medieval art of war grew, the professional nature of its protagonists came to be recognised. With this recognition came a revaluation of the idea of a code of chivalry that had captured imaginations for so long. Surprise and deception were both employed in medieval warfare.

Keywords: deception; medieval warfare; Middle ages



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