Medieval Military Technology

Medieval Military Technology

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By (author) Kelly Robert DeVries, By (author) Robert Douglas Smith

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  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 25mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Toronto
  • ISBN 10: 1442604972
  • ISBN 13: 9781442604971
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 431,006

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First published in 1992, Medieval Military Technology has 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.

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Author information

Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola University Maryland, an editor for the Journal of Medieval Military History and an Honorary Historical Consultant for the Royal Armouries. He is the author or editor of 18 books and more than 80 articles. He frequently appears on documentaries airing on PBS, and the History, History International, Discovery, and National Geographic channels. Robert Douglas Smith is an independent museum consultant who spent 15 years as Head of Conservation with the Royal Armouries. His published works include Artillery of the Dukes of Burgundy 1363?1477 (2005, with K. DeVries), Medieval Weapons: An Illustrated History of Their Impact (2007, with K. DeVries), and Rewriting the History of Gunpowder (2010).

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Arms and Armor Chapter 1: Arms The Spear/Lance The Axe The Sword The Dagger The Staff-Weapon The Mace The War Hammer The Sling The Bow The Crossbow Chapter 2: 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 Chapter 3: The Stirrup, Mounted Shock Combat, Chivalry, and Feudalism White's Thesis Criticism of White's Thesis Part II: Artillery Chapter 4: Non-Gunpowder Artillery Torsion Catapults Traction Trebuchets Counterweight Trebuchets Greek Fire Chapter 5: Gunpowder Artillery Early History of European Gunpower Weapons Siege, Battlefield, and Naval Applications Types and Manufacturing of Gunpowder, Gunpowder Weapons, and Projectiles Societal Impacts and Administrative Changes Chapter 6: Siege Machines Ladders Siege Towers Battering Rams and Mining Devices Part III: Fortifications Chapter 7: Early Medieval Fortifications Late Roman and Barbarian Carolingian The Viking Invasions and Reactions Chapter 8: The Motte-and-Bailey Castle The Influence of William the Conqueror Construction Techniques Chapter 9: 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 Chapter 10: Urban Fortifications and Fortified Residences Fortified Residences Town Walls The Influence of Gunpowder Weapons Part IV: Warships Chapter 11: Early Medieval Warships Late Roman and Early Medieval Ships Viking Ships William the Conqueror?s Fleet Chapter 12: High and Late Medieval Warships Crusader Ships Thirteenth-Century Ships Technological Innovations Later Medieval Ships Conclusion Bibliography Index