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Barbarians, Marauders, And Infidels : The Ways Of Medieval Warfare - Antonio Santosuosso

Barbarians, Marauders, And Infidels

The Ways Of Medieval Warfare

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780813391533
Number Of Pages: 360

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"Barbarians, Marauders, and Infidels" examines the motives and terrors of war during the Middle Ages, the rise and fall of ethnic and religious groups, and the actions of good and evil military leaders during this violent and colorful period. In this sweeping chronicle, historical figures and major campaigns such as Charlemagne, the Magyars, and the Crusades are presented not as icons but as a living part of their times, with all their achievements and human failures. Santosuosso asserts that war, for most of the Middle Ages, was carried out for God, personal gain, and honor. Both Christians and Muslims often explained their acts of violence in war as the will of God. Besides the religious motivation, soldiers, if upper class, believed that acts of bravery were a necessary aspect of gaining honor in society. Finally, war constituted a way to make material gains in a period of chronic underemployment and low prosperity. Particular emphasis is given to massive transitions from one period to the next in the medieval era. The author explains how these changes reflected an environment where charismatic leaders, the Church, and the aristocracy played leading roles as "managers" of the art and practice of war and normally as main actors on the battlefield.

The barbarian kingdoms
Attila is dead : the early barbarian kingdomsp. 5
A double pestilence : Ostrogoths and Byzantines in Italyp. 13
The arrival of the Longobardsp. 41
The Franks and the emergence of Francep. 51
The Muslim empire
God, his prophet, and war : the originsp. 75
The conquest of the Fertile Crescent : Muslims in Syria and Iraqp. 87
The Muslim strike into North Africa and the Iberian Peninsulap. 111
New invaders and the expansion of the west, 800-1300
Armor, weapons, and soldiersp. 131
Protecting the borders against the new enemies : Vikings and Magyarsp. 139
The Norman Conquest of Englandp. 155
The war against wallsp. 165
The way of the masters : men on horsebackp. 171
The way of the commoners : soldiers on footp. 185
The Crusades, or God at warp. 209
The end of the Middle Ages, 1300-1453
The Hundred Years War : a matter of contradictions and resiliencep. 235
The maid of Orleans and women at warp. 267
"Waging war gives me bread ... peace destroys me"p. 277
New weapons, new men, new ideasp. 289
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ISBN: 9780813391533
ISBN-10: 0813391539
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st June 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1

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