Medieval Military Technology

ISBN-10: 1442604972
ISBN-13: 9781442604971
Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

First published in 1992, Medieval Military Technologyhas become the definitive book in its field, garnering much praise and a large readership. This thorough update of a classic book, regarded as both an excellent overview and an important piece of scholarship, includes fully revised content, new sections on the use of horses, handguns, incendiary weapons, and siege engines, and eighteen new illustrations.The four key organizing sections of the book still remain: arms and armor, artillery, fortifications, and warships. Throughout, the authors connect these technologies to broader themes and developments in medieval society as well as to current scholarly and curatorial controversies.

Robert Douglas Smith is an Independent Scholar.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Arms and Armor
Arms
The Spear/Lance
The Axe
The Sword
The Dagger
The Staff-Weapon
The Mace
The War Hammer
The Sling
The Bow
The Crossbow
Armor
Early Medieval Armor
Armor in the Bayeux Tapestry
Twelfth-Century Armor
Shields, Helmets, and Heraldry in the Thirteenth Century
Fourteenth-Century Body Armor
Cloth-Covered Armor from the Battlefield of Visby
Later Fourteenth-Century Armor Developments
Plate Armor
Late Medieval Infantry Armor
Late Medieval Helmets
Late Medieval Shields and Barding
The Stirrup, Mounted Shock Combat, Chivalry, and Feudalism
White's Thesis
Criticism of White's Thesis
Artillery
Non-Gunpowder Artillery
Torsion Catapults
Traction Trebuchets
Counterweight Trebuchets
Greek Fire
Gunpowder Artillery
Early History of European Gunpowder Weapons
Siege, Battlefield, and Naval Applications
Types and Manufacturing of Gunpowder, Gunpowder Weapons, and Projectiles
Societal Impacts and Administrative Changes
Siege Machines
Ladders
Siege Towers
Battering Rams and Mining Devices
Fortifications
Early Medieval Fortifications
Late Roman and Barbarian
Carolingian
The Viking Invasions and Reactions
The Motte-And-Bailey Castle
The Influence of William the Conqueror
Construction Techniques
Stone Castles
The Origin of Stone Castles
Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Stone Castles
Crusader Castles
The Golden Age of Castle Construction
Edward I's Castles in Wales
Urban Fortifications and Fortified Residences
Fortified Residences
Town Walls
The Influence of Gunpowder Weapons
Warships
Early Medieval Warships
Late Roman and Early Medieval Ships
Vikings Ships
William the Conqueror's Fleet
High and Late Medieval Warships
Crusader Ships
Thirteenth-Century Ships
Technological Innovations
Later Medieval Ships
Conclusion
Bilbiography
Index

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