Well, medieval and Renaissance, but that wouldn't fit in the thread title.
I'm preparing to write the next chapter of my PhD thesis, which will be on grappling arts in medieval and Renaissance Europe. I'm already familiar with the various combat manuals from those eras, which will provide the core of my sources. However, I need to acquire a broader understanding of violence in these periods, so that I can see everything in context. The problem is that I don't have a background in this subject, as I do with the ancient world, and thus don't have the sources at my fingertips.
So, I could do with some source recommendations from people who are more familiar with medieval history. I've emailed one of the university's medieval history professors for advice, but he's not got back to me yet, and I’d like something to start on whilst I’m waiting.
What I'm looking for are descriptions of battles, and accounts of violent crimes etc. - basically anything which involves people brutalising other people. I'm interested in original medieval/Renaissance sources, rather than modern works about the subject. Whilst I will be checking out some secondary sources eventually, I prefer to gain a good grounding in the primary sources first. I don't mind combing through a lot of stuff to find the bits and pieces I need - so feel free to recommend general works (eg. for the ancient Greece chapter I went through loads of epic poems and history texts to pick out the bits I wanted).