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The Medieval City under Siege - Ivy A. Corfis

The Medieval City under Siege

Paperback Published: 5th December 1999
ISBN: 9780851157566
Number Of Pages: 302

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Warfare in Europe in the middle ages underwent a marked change of emphasis as urban life expanded. The concentration of wealth represented by a city was a valuable objective, and the static nature of a siege was infinitely preferable to the uncertainties of campaign. As the incidence of sieges increased, so pitched battles declined. The studies in this book, intended for specialists as well as general readers, follow the history of siege warfare, exploring the urban milieu within which it developed, and the evolution of siege technology up to the advent of gunpowder weaponry. The logistics of specific sieges, from the Crusader kingdoms in the Near East and the Byzantine Empire as well as medieval Europe, are also considered, with evidence from literature, engineering, architecture and cliometrics. IVY CORFIS is professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; MICHAEL WOLFE is professor in the department of history at Penn State University, Altoona. Contributors: MICHAEL WOLFE, JAMES F. POWERS, MICHAEL TOCH, DENYS PRINGLE, ERIC McGEER, PAUL E. CHEVEDDEN, MICHAEL HARNEY, HEATHER ARDEN, WINTHROP WETHERBEE, KELLY DEVRIES, MICHAEL MALLETT, BERT S. HALL.

The role of sieges remains determinedly under-researched: this substantial book makes an important and stimulating contribution in redressing the balance. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY

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Acknowledgements
New Perspectives on Medieval Siege Warfare: An Introductionp. 3
Life on the Cutting Edge: The Besieged Town on the Luso-Hispanic Frontier in the Twelfth Centuryp. 17
The Medieval German City under Siegep. 35
Siege Warfare and the Bonnes Villes of France during the Hundred Years Warp. 49
Town Defences in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalemp. 69
Byzantine Siege Warfare in Theory and Practicep. 123
Artillery in Late Antiquity: Prelude to the Middle Agesp. 131
Siege Warfare in Medieval Hispanic Epic and Romancep. 177
The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Love in the Roman de la rosep. 191
Chivalry under Siege in Ricardian Romancep. 207
The Impact of Gunpowder Weaponry on Siege Warfare in the Hundred Years Warp. 227
Siegecraft in Late Fifteenth-Century Italyp. 245
The Changing Face of Siege Warfare: Technology and Tactics in Transitionp. 257
Onomastic Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780851157566
ISBN-10: 0851157564
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 5th December 1999
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Type: New edition