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The Rules of Conflict Among the Warrior Aristocracy of the High Middle Ages

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This chapter shows an image of medieval warrior society by demonstrating which rules governed the use of violence, and which strategies were known and used to avoid or contain violence. The rules within the warrior society were never written down during the high medieval period. It depicts warriors' conduct that followed the rules during conflicts. Author does this in light of concrete sources and proceeds chronologically by considering conduct that occurs, first, during the outbreak of conflicts and then, during the course of events. The chapter examines techniques of ending those violent disputes amicably. It considers examples from the Historia Welforum, the oldest example of historiography that concentrates solely on history of a single noble family, and that consequently refers repeatedly to the outbreak, pursuit, and settlement of feuds. In each of the cases author has selected as examples, behaviour is described that is also mentioned in other cases.

Keywords: Historia Welforum; historiography; medieval warrior society; noble family; rules of conflict; settlement of feuds; violent disputes; warriors' conduct



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