The Advent and Application of Gunpowder Weaponry in Europe, 1300-1700
This talk will explore the history of gunpowder weaponry in Western Europe in the late medieval and early modern periods. It will focus on three principal topics: the composition and crafting of early powder, the use of gunpowder weapons in battle (both hand-held and artillery), and how these weapons affected later military tactics. It will conclude with a survey of the modern debate over the historical importance of early gunpowder weaponry vis-à-vis the notion of the so-called “Military Revolution.” Accompanying the presentation will be images and video of recreated gunpowder weapons at the Middelaltercentret in Nykøbing, Denmark, where the speaker participated in live testings of early cannon, fire-pots, explosive arrows, and trebuchets.
Dr. John D. Hosler (Ph.D., University of Delaware) is an associate professor at Morgan State University and an expert on medieval European warfare. He is the author of two books: Henry II: a Medieval Soldier at War, 1147-1189 (2007), and John of Salisbury: Military Authority of the Twelfth-Century Renaissance (2013); currently, he is writing a book for Yale University Press on the Third Crusade, titled The Siege of Acre, 1189-1191. Dr. Hosler is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK), and he sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Military History.
Date/Time: July 15th 7pm-8pm; 30 minute Q &A following
Cost: $15 SEG Members, $18 Nonmembers