Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century

Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century : Discipline, Tactics, and Technology

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His detailed analysis of battles provides an important reassessment of the way in which infantry and dismounted cavalry achieved such striking successes. HISTORY This remarkable study confirms [DeVries's] emergence as one of the major scholars of his generation. JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY This study departs from the conventional view of the dominance of cavalry in medieval warfare: its objective is to establish the often decisive importance of infantry. Kelly DeVries employs evidence from first-hand accounts a major feature of this study to examine the role of the infantry, and the nature of infantry tactics, in nineteen battles fought in England and Europe between 1302 and 1347, in most of which it was the infantry which secured victory. The battles analysed in detail are: Courtrai Arques Mons-en-Pevele Loudon Hill Kephissos Bannockburn Boroughbridge Cassel Dupplin Moor Halidon Hill Laupen Morlaix Staveren Vottem Crecy Neville's Cross, and the infantry ambushes: Morgarten Auberoche La Roche-Derrien.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 13.72mm | 326.59g
  • The Boydell Press
  • Woodbridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 19 Line drawings, black and white
  • 0851155715
  • 9780851155715
  • 858,836

Table of contents

The Battle of Courtrai, 1302; the Battle of Arques, 1303; the Battle of Mons-en-Pevele, 1304; the Battle of Loudon Hill, 1307; the Battle of Kephissos, 1311; the Battle of Bannockburn, 1314; the Battle of Boroughbridge, 1322; the Battle of Cassel, 1328; the battles of Dupplin Moor, 1332, and Halidon Hill, 1333; the Battle of Laupen, 1339; the Battle of Morlaix, 1342; the battles of Staveren, 1345, and Votem, 1346; the Battle of Crecy, 1346; the Battle of Neville's Cross, 1346; three infantry ambushes - the battles of Morgarten, 1315, Auberoche, 1345, and La Roche-Derrien, 1347.
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Professor DeVries has focused on an intriguing problem, and his detailed analysis of battles provides an important reassessment of the way in which infantry and dismounted cavalry achieved such striking successes. HISTORY [Michael Prestwich] This remarkable study of fourteenth-century battles confirms [DeVries's] emergence as one of the major scholars of his generation. JOURNAL OF MILITARY HISTORY A very useful contribution to our understanding of how war at the end of the middle ages came to be fought. WAR IN HISTORY A good - and, at times, an exciting - read... an enjoyable and rewarding study of infantry battle tactics. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
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About Kelly DeVries

Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola College, Baltimore, USA.
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