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Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry, 1100-1550

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ISBN-10: 1843834529

ISBN-13: 9781843834526

Edition: 2009

Authors: Yuval Noah Harari

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Alongside the familiar pitched battles, regular sieges, and large-scale manoeuvres, medieval and early modern wars also involved assassination, abduction, treason and sabotage. These undercover operations were aimed chiefly against key individuals, mostly royalty or the leaders of the opposing army, and against key fortified places, including bridges, mills and dams. However, because of their clandestine nature, these deeds of `derring-do' have not been studied in any detail, a major gap which this book fills. It surveys a wide variety of special operations, from the eleventh to the sixteenth century. It then analyzes in greater depth six select and exciting operations: the betrayal of…    
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 6/18/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.26" wide x 9.25" long x 0.62" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

'I encourage all of us, whatever our beliefs, to question the basic narratives of our world, to connect past developments with present concerns, and not to be afraid of controversial issues.' Dr Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. His research focuses on broad questions, such as: What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people become happier as history unfolded? 65,000 people have signed up to his online course, A Brief History of Humankind. Sapiens is an international bestseller and is being published in more than 20 languages…    

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Special Operations, Strategy, and Politics in the Age of Chivalry-An Analytical Overview
The Definition of Inland Special Operations
Special Operations in Contemporary Warfare, Culture, and Scholarship
The Targets of Inland Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry
Special Forces?
Historiographical Considerations
The Gateway to the Middle East: Antioch, 1098
Saving King Baldwin: Khartpert, 1123
The Assassination of King Conrad: Tyre, 1192
For a Sack-full of Gold �cus: Calais, 1350
Princes in the Cross-Hairs: The Rise and Fall of Valois Burgundy, 1407-83
The Mill of Auriol: Auriol, 1536
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