This richly illustrated book explores over seven hundred years of European warfare, from the time of Charlemagne to the end of the middle ages (c.1500). The period covered has a distinctive character in military history. It was an age when organization for war was integral to social structure, when the secular aristocrat was by necessity also a warrior, and whose culture was profoundly influenced by martial ideas. Twelve scholars, experts in their own fields, have contributed to this finely illustrated book. It is divided into two parts. Part I seeks to explore the experience of war viewed chronologically with separate chapters on, for instance, the Viking age, on the wars and expansion of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, on the Crusades and on the great Hundred Years War between England and France. The chapters in Part II trace thematically the principal developments in the art of warfare; in fortification and siege craft; in the role of armoured cavalrymen; in the employment of mercenary forces; the advent of gunpowder artillery; and of new skills in navigation and shipbuilding. In both parts of the book, the overall aim has been to offer the general reader an impression, not just of the where and the when of great confrontations, but above all of the social experience of warfare in the middle ages, and of the impact of its demands on human resources and human endurance.
`These surveys will be of immense value to students and enthusiasts because they offer something not found anywhere else - a scholarly, up-to-date and readable overview of nearly a millennium of military development' War in History, Vol.9, No.2 `This is popular history that can be confidently endorsed by the academic community ... it is heavily and superbly illustrated ... and is highly authoritative, bang up to date witht he latest research. All inall, a near perfect introduction to medieval warfare.' Sean McGlynn `A volume which attempts to make the fruits of modern research available to a wider public (therefore) seems timely ... an organised and visually attractive introduction to the subject.' Len Scales, Jnl of the Society of Archevists, Vol.21, No.2. 2000. `anyone seeking a handy digest of modern work on medieval warfare, particularly its political, organisational and technological aspects, will find things of value here.' Len Scales, Jnl of the Society of Archevists, Vol.21, No.2, 2000. `All the essays in this book are of a high standard ... there is not a single dud in the whole collection: each contributor tells us something new, original or interesting ... books like this reveal the quality of the academic research currently under way.' Frank McLynn, Literary Review, February 2000
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 1st November 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.2 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.73