Art of Renaissance Warfare: From the Fall of Constantinople to the Thirty Years War

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The Art of Renaissance Warfare tells the story of the knight during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries - from the great victories of Edward III and the Black Prince to the fall of Richard III on Bosworth Field. During this period, new technology on the battlefield posed deadly challenges for the mounted warrior; but they also stimulated change, and the knight moved with the times. Having survived the longbow devastation at Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, he emerged triumphant, his armor lighter and more ...

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The Art of Renaissance Warfare tells the story of the knight during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries - from the great victories of Edward III and the Black Prince to the fall of Richard III on Bosworth Field. During this period, new technology on the battlefield posed deadly challenges for the mounted warrior; but they also stimulated change, and the knight moved with the times. Having survived the longbow devastation at Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, he emerged triumphant, his armor lighter and more effective, and his military skills indispensable. This was the great age of the orders of chivalry and the freemasonry of arms that bound together comrades and adversaries in a tight international military caste. Such men as Bertrand du Guesclin and Sir John Chandos loom large in the pages of this book - bold leaders and brave warriors, imbued with these traditions of chivalry and knighthood. How their heroic endeavors and the knightly code of conduct could be reconciled with the indiscriminate carnage of the 'chevauchee' and the depradations of the 'free companies' is one of the principal themes of this book.

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"Skorzeny’s amazing wartime career was one of high risk and adventure, and he tells it all in this compelling reprint of his 1957 autobiography."– WWII History

"A great account of one man's highly unusual war.'"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853676765
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 9
Maps 13
Introduction: Renaissance and Revolution? 19
Chronology 23
1 A Tale of Two Cities 29
Sailing to Byzantium 29
The Fall of Constantinople 31
A New Crusade 35
The Siege of Belgrade 36
2 Of Powder and Pikes 40
The Guns of Burgundy 40
The Rise of the Swiss 42
The Treasures of Grandson 45
Massacre at Murten 47
Nemesis at Nancy 50
3 The Guns of Granada 53
The Long Reconquista 53
The Challenge Is Accepted 54
The Artillery War 57
The Siege of Malaga 58
The Fall of Granada 59
4 Breaking the Square 61
Pike versus Pike 61
The Swiss in French Service 63
The Battle of Fornovo 64
No Money - No Swiss! 65
El Gran Capitan 66
The Battle of the Garigliano 68
The Battle of Ravenna 69
The Battle of Novara 71
Reversal at Marignano 71
Humiliation at Bicocca 73
The Swiss Revival 75
5 The Laboratory of Siege Warfare 77
The Artillery of Charles VIII 78
The Fortifications of Rhodes 80
The Siege of Rhodes 83
The Fall of Rhodes 87
6 'God gave the sea to the infidels ...' 89
Galley Warfare 91
The Barbary Coast 93
Andrea Doria - Admiral of Spain 95
The Great Siege of Malta 98
Galleys at Lepanto 100
7 '... and the land to the Muslims' 104
Hungary on the Front Line 104
The Road to Mohacs 107
Christian Disunity 110
The Reckoning at Mohacs 111
The Dismemberment of Hungary 115
The Siege of Vienna 116
The Siege of Guns 118
Bull's Blood 119
The End at Szigeth 121
8 The Bastion Wars 126
The Development of the Angle Bastion 126
The Bastions of Cyprus 129
The Siege of Nicosia 131
The Siege of Famagusta 134
9 Knights Old and New 139
The Chevalier Bayard 139
The Field of the Cloth of Gold 143
Blaise de Monluc 163
The Camisade de Boulogne 166
The Siege of Siena 167
The French Wars of Religion 168
Francois de la Noue 170
10 Black Knights and Devilish Weapons 174
The Wheel-Lock Pistol 174
The Pistol and the Caracole 176
Giving up the Lance 180
The Reiter in Battle 180
The Wheel Lock in the French Wars of Religion 184
11 Fire, Ice and Flood 188
The Dutch Revolt 188
Goes and the Weapon of the Sea 191
Naarden and the Weapon of Fire 192
Haarlem and the Weapon of Ice 193
Alkmaar and the Weapon of Flood 195
Mookerheyde and the Weapon of Gold 196
The Great Siege of Leiden 198
The Relief of Leiden 200
12 Innovators and Enemies 201
The Battle of Gembloux 204
The Siege of Antwerp 206
The Diabolical Machine 209
The Kowenstyn Dyke 211
The Dutch Infantry Reformers 214
13 Cavalry and Curiosities 217
Ivan the Terrible 219
The Siege of Pskov 221
The Relief of Pskov 224
14 The Shock of the New 227
The Challenge from Sweden 227
The Time of Troubles 229
The Second Death of Dimitri 230
The Battle of Klushino 234
The Retreat from Moscow 238
15 Mercenaries and Marvels 239
The Battle of Kerestes 241
Castles and Mercenaries 242
John Smith's Flaming Dragons 245
John Smith the Champion 246
Epilogue: 'Some New Trick ...' 248
Notes 253
Bibliography 261
Acknowledgments 265
Index 267
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