Preface; List of illustrations and maps; 1. Introduction: the conquest and chivalry; 2. A 'law of arms'?; 3. A Christian chivalry? War, piety and sacrilege; 4. Honour, shame and reputation; 5. Conduct in battle: a brotherhood in arms?; 6. The limits of chivalry and the realities of battle; 7. Ransom and the treatment of prisoners; 8. Respite, resistance and honourable surrender: conventions of siege warfare; 9. Rebellion, treason and the punishment of revolt; 10. War against the land: ravaging and attrition; 11. Total war? The Scots and the routiers; 12. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
The first detailed study of the behaviour in war of the military aristocracy in the Anglo-Norman period.
'... a superb book of notable importance with a relevance well beyond the confines of its title.' English Historical Review