Medieval Warfare

Medieval Warfare : A History

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Explores over 700 years of European warfare, from the time of Charlemagne to the end of the middle ages. 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. 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, the wars and expansion of the 11th and 12th centuries, the Crusades, and 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 crafts; 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 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 20mm | 621.42g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • b&w plates, chronology, index
  • 0192801279
  • 9780192801272

Table of contents

1: Maurice Keen: Introduction. Part I: Phases of Medieval Warfare. 2: Timothy Reuter: Carolingian and Ottonian Warfare. 3: H. B. Clark: The Vikings. 4: John Gillingham: An Age of Expansion ic./i1020-1204. 5: Peter Edbury: Warfare in the Latin East. 6: Norman Housely: European Warfare, ic./i1200-1320. 7: Clifford J. Rogers: The Age of the Hundred Years War. Part II: The Arts of Warfare. 8: Richard L. C. Jones: Fortifications and Sieges in Western Europe, 800-1450. 9: Andrew Ayton: Arms, Armour and Horses. 10: Michael Mallett: Mercenaries. 11: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: Naval Warfare in the Viking Age, c.1100-1500. 12: Christopher Allmand: War and the Non-Combatant in the Middle Ages. 13: Maurice Keen: The Changing Scene: Guns, Gunpowder, and Permanent Armies. Further Reading, Chronology, Indexshow more

About Maurice Keen

Maurice Keen is Tutorial Fellow in Medieval History at Balliol College, University of Oxfordshow more

Review Text

This is a splendid book both about warfare and the Middle East. A team of leading experts surveys the different phases of military conflict and expansion from Charlemagne, through the Vikings to the Hundred Years War. They also explore the arts of warfare including fortifications and siege tactics, naval battles and the use of mercenaries, and the changes in technology from armour and horses to guns and explosives. While eminently scholarly these are essays for the general reader, beautifully illustrated. The result is a delight to read and to own. (Kirkus UK)show more

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