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Medieval Warfare A History

ISBN-10: 0198206399

ISBN-13: 9780198206392

Edition: 1999

Authors: Maurice H. Keen

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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.
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Book details

List price: $90.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/18/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.21" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introduction
Phases of Medieval Warfare
Carolingian and Ottonian Warfare
The Vikings
An Age of Expansion ic./i1020-1204
Warfare in the Latin East
European Warfare, ic./i1200-l1320
The Age of the Hundred Years War
The Arts of Warfare
Fortifications and Sieges in Western Europe, 800-1450
Andrew Ayton
Mercenaries
Naval Warfare in the Viking Age, c.1100-1500
War and the Non-Combatant in the Middle Ages
The Changing Scene: Guns, Gunpowder, and Permanent Armies
Further Reading
Chronology
Index