Latin Siege Warfare in the Twelfth Century

Paperback | June 1, 1997

byRandall Rogers

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This is a carefully researched and illuminating study of siege warfare in the twelfth century. The siege was an integral part of medieval military experience, and was particularly significant in the Mediterranean region. Dr Rogers explores siege warfare and the role it played in the FirstCrusade and the establishment of the Crusader States, in Italy, Spain, and Portugal, and in the seaborne expeditions of the Italian maritime states. Dr Rogers sets out to discover how it was that crusading forces handicapped by rudimentary organisation and logistical support were able to conduct some of the most dramatic siege operations of the pre-gunpowder period. He traces the development and diffusion of techniques; and analyses theexperience of siege warfare in every aspect, from the question of supplies of component parts for siege engines to the often complex political situations of besieger and besieged. This is a book which contributes not only to the military history of the twelfth century but also to its political andcultural history. `excellent work, written by a scholar who has a thorough grasp of the subject and who presents it in a lucid manner.' Speculum `an excellent work ... a fine study, full of intriguing ideas for readers interested in crusading, municipalities, and the role of warfare.' The Historian `Rogers's book is an excellent look at the medieval world's most bellicose century.' American Historical Review

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This is a carefully researched and illuminating study of siege warfare in the twelfth century. The siege was an integral part of medieval military experience, and was particularly significant in the Mediterranean region. Dr Rogers explores siege warfare and the role it played in the FirstCrusade and the establishment of the Crusader St...

Randall Rogers is at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.43 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198206895

ISBN - 13:9780198206897

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, List of Maps, Abbreviations, Introduction1. Latin Siege Warfare in the First Crusade2. The Capture of the Palestinian Coast and the Development of Crusade Siege Technique3. Siege operations in the Establishment of Norman Authority in Italy and Sicily4. Cities and Siege Warfare: Lombardy in the Twelfth Century5. Siege Warfare in the Iberian Reconquista6. Seaborne Siege Warfare: The Italian Maritime States and Latin Expansion7. Towards ConclusionsAppendix I. Crusader Siege TowersAppendix II. Siege Engines: General Descriptions and TermsAppendix III. The Problem of ArtilleryBibliography, Index

Editorial Reviews

"An excellent book...Rogers's analysis is first-rate."--American Historical Review
"Unquestionably this work provides an important contribution to military history."--Speculum
..."a fine study, full of intriguing ideas for readers interested in crusading, municipalities, and the role of warfare."--The Historian