Trebuchet to Cannon: call for papers

This from H-Net:

Trebuchet to Cannon: Military Technology 1000-1600

A conference and workshop to be held at the Danish Medieval Centre, Nykøbing, Falster, Denmark

For the last two decades the Middelaldercentret in Denmark has carried out research into the construction and performance of medieval military technologies. Since 2001, the Ho Group (dedicated to the study of early gunpowder and gunpowder weapons) has met to experiment with gunpowder recipes and reconstructed artillery. The tenth meeting of the Ho Group will be an international conference to discuss all aspects of medieval military technology, including artillery, siege engines, gunpowder and cannon, and other weapons. The Organizing Committee extends an invitation to all those interested in this area—textual scholars, experimental archaeologists, curators and historians—to attend and present their work and discuss solutions to, and further problems in, the understanding of military technologies in the Middle Ages. The conference will include a series of workshops and hands-on demonstrations by the Ho Group of medieval technologies, including trebuchets, gunpowder and incendiary weapons, and reconstructions of cannon.

The conference will be four days in length, with three days of papers and workshops, one day-long excursion, and a closing banquet with Renaissance fireworks. The venue will be the Middelaldercentret (Danish Medieval Centre) and the adjacent Femern Link Hotel & Conference Centre. The primary language will be English. Presented papers will be considered for publication.

The organizers request a brief abstract for a paper proposal (200 words, along with a brief CV) or an expression of interest to attend without presenting a paper by 15 November 2009. Full details of the conference and accommodation fees will be finalized by the end of 2009, with a registration deadline of 15 May 2010.

Robert Smith
Leeds, UK
Phone: +44 0113 263 7547

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sources: various

That’s the bibliography of this article from Wired, on “first canon fired in battle, maybe.” Darn. I wish I could get away with that sometimes. It would come in really handy for those cases when I lose a footnote in the shuffling of drafts…

As for the factual stuff, there is actually little indication that the “canon” made much of a difference to the Genoese. At least from what I’ve seen. Read Ayton’s edited volume on Crecy, or the archery articles in Villalon and Kagay’s new volume on the Hundred Years War.

Yet another stupid reference to the Middle Ages

As in, “your article was plenty informative, why did you have to say THAT?” stupid. He doesn’t even make an attempt to link his pejorative use of the word “medieval” to anything, except to assume readers will connect donkeys and illiteracy with some dark, mysterious passage in Western history. Put down your copy of Manchester’s A World Lit Only by Fire, and pick up something like Hollister and Bennett, for crying out loud….