Medieval Warfare: A History

Hardcover | December 15, 1999

EditorMaurice Keen

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This richly illustrated book explores over seven hundred years of European warfare, from the time of Charlemagne to the end of the middle ages (c.1500). 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. Twelve scholars, experts in their own fields, have contributed to this finely illustrated book. 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, on the wars and expansion of the eleventh andtwelfth centuries, on the Crusades and on 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 craft; 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 general reader an impression, not just of the where and the when of great confrontations, but above all of the social experience of warfare in themiddle ages, and of the impact of its demands on human resources and human endurance.

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According to some experts in conflict studies, war is not merely a reflection of humankind's evil side -- it is a mechanism for social organization. In Medieval Warfare, editor Maurice Keen compiles vibrant illustrations and essays to offer readers a glimpse at warfare from 800 to 1500 A.D. This remarkable work covers such topics as cr...

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This richly illustrated book explores over seven hundred years of European warfare, from the time of Charlemagne to the end of the middle ages (c.1500). 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 necessit...

Maurice Keen is at Balliol College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198206399

ISBN - 13:9780198206392

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Table of Contents

1. Maurice Keen: IntroductionPart I: Phases of Medieval Warfare2. Timothy Reuter: Carolingian and Ottonian Warfare3. H. B. Clark: The Vikings4. John Gillingham: An Age of Expansion c.1020-12045. Peter Edbury: Warfare in the Latin East6. Norman Housely: European Warfare, c.1200-13207. Clifford J. Rogers: The Age of the Hundred Years WarPart II: The Arts of Warfare8. Richard L. C. Jones: Fortifications and Sieges in Western Europe, 800-14509. Andrew Ayton: Arms, Armour and Horses10. Michael Mallett: Mercenaries11. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: Naval Warfare in the Viking Age, c.1100-150012. Christopher Allmand: War and the Non-Combatant in the Middle Ages13. Maurice Keen: The Changing Scene: Guns, Gunpowder, and Permanent ArmiesFurther Reading, Chronology, Index

From Our Editors

According to some experts in conflict studies, war is not merely a reflection of humankind's evil side -- it is a mechanism for social organization. In Medieval Warfare, editor Maurice Keen compiles vibrant illustrations and essays to offer readers a glimpse at warfare from 800 to 1500 A.D. This remarkable work covers such topics as crude weaponry and fortification strategies that were innovative for the day.

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`All the essays in this book are of a high standard ... there is not a single dud in the whole collection: each contributor tells us something new, original or interesting ... books like this reveal the quality of the academic research currently under way.'Frank McLynn, Literary Review, February 2000