Warfare in the Middle Ages is often characterized as being dominated by lone, heroic knights or enormous mobs of plodding infantry. In this colorful and informative book, authors Hooper and Bennett debunk many of the myths surrounding medieval warfare to present a picture of a military culture as sophisticated as our modern one, with well organized armies and a high degree of tactical intelligence. The authors make their case by masterful use of high-quality maps, battle plans, and pictorial essays that explore such topics as siege warfare, the use of cavalry, the development of naval warfare, medieval science and warfare, and the legacy of the Middle Ages in modern military warfare. The Atlas spans the period from the coronation of Charlemagne to the last of the English Wars of the Roses and covers campaigns in and around Europe and the Mediterranean. The illustrations depict all levels of warfare from the strategic campaigns down to individual battles, fortifications, and weaponry. The lucid narrative that accompanies the pictures explains the course of campaigns and lessons to be learned from them. This book is written for the general reader with an interest in the history of warfare.
Table of ContentsPart I. The Crucible of Europe: 1. The wars of Charlemagne; 2. The Vikings in the ninth century; 3. Tenth-century kingdoms: the growth of England, Germany, and France; 4. The Danish conquest of England 980–1010; Part II. Western Europe in the Eleventh to the Thirteenth Centuries: 5. The Norman conquest of England; 6. The Angevin empire 1154–1217; 7. The German empire under Frederick Barbarossa 1152–1190; 8. Thirteenth-century eastern Europe and the Mongols; 9. Thirteenth-century English civil wars; 10. England and the Celtic fringe: colonial warfare; Part III. Expanding Europe: the Crusades: 11. The Reconquista and the Normans in the Mediterranean c.1050–1150; 12. The First Crusade; 13. The Latin states in the Holy Land; 14. The resurgence of Islam and the Third Crusade; 15. The Latin conquest of Constantinople 1201–1311; 16. Spain and France in the thirteenth century; 17. The Crusades in Africa in the thirteenth century; Part IV. Europe Divided: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries: 18. The Hundred Years' War: the fourteenth century; 19. Italy and the Mediterranean arena c.1350–1480; 20. The Hundred Years' War: the fifteenth century; 21. The Hussite Wars and the later Crusades; 22. The Wars of the Roses 1452–1487; 23. The army and campaigns of Charles the Bold of Burgundy c.1465–1477; 24. A military revolution?; Appendix: theory and practice of warfare; Glossary; Further reading; Chronology; Index-gazetteer.
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I don't usually make it a habit to read dictionaries or encyclopedias, or even atlases, but since the subject of this book was Medieval warfare I assumed that I would find it somewhat informing and entertaining, at least, to me. It fills the role of "atlas" quite well, providing the reader plenty of maps and a chronology of warfare, along with the many advancements of warfare during the period.It would be hard to label this book as some sort of "required" reading for the student or enthusiast as all of the information contained wherein can be found in many other, and better, sources. Still, it is not a wast of time reading it.I found the first couple of sections of the book rather tedious and boring, but as the study advanced to post 1066 it seemed to settle down into a comfortable rhythm and dispensed with the tedium of date and place regurgitation. I found the last section, "The Theory and Practice of Medieval Warfare", very interesting. It quickly covered topics such as arms and armor, military manuals, naval warfare and seige warfare, The most striking thing I noticed about this book was its lack of useful illustrations. The maps were extremely "busy" and really not worth the effort. The photo inserts were in many cases very small, hard to make out, and quite useless. Overall, coffee table material to be read, not browsed.