By Sword and Fire

By Sword and Fire

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by Sean McGlynn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0304366951

ISBN-13: 9780304366958

Pub. Date: 03/02/2010

Publisher: Phoenix

Sean McGlynn investigates the reality of medieval warfare. For all the talk of chivalry, medieval warfare routinely involved acts which we would consider war crimes. Lands laid waste, civilians slaughtered, prisoners massacred: this was standard fare justified by tradition and practical military necessity. It was unbelievably barbaric, but seldom uncontrolled.

Overview

Sean McGlynn investigates the reality of medieval warfare. For all the talk of chivalry, medieval warfare routinely involved acts which we would consider war crimes. Lands laid waste, civilians slaughtered, prisoners massacred: this was standard fare justified by tradition and practical military necessity. It was unbelievably barbaric, but seldom uncontrolled.

Such acts of atrocity were calculated, hideous cruelties inflicted in order to achieve a specific end. Sean McGlynn examines the battles of Acre and Agincourt, sieges like Béziers, Lincoln, Jerusalem and Limoges as well as the infamous chevauchées of the Hundred Years War that devastated great swathes of France. He reveals how these grisly affairs form the origin of accepted ¿rules of war¿, codes of conduct that are today being enforced in the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780304366958
Publisher:
Phoenix
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,266,275
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgements     xvi
A note on sources     xvii
Maps     xviii
Violence     1
Introduction     1
Crime and Punishment     5
War     36
The King as Judge and Executioner     36
The King as Warrior     52
The Church and Just War     61
Chivalry and the Laws of War     71
Battles     81
Battles in Medieval Warfare     85
Massacres of Prisoners     91
Verden, 782     92
Waterford, 1170     95
Hattin, 1187 and Acre, 1191     100
Agincourt, 1415     113
Towton, 1461 and Tewkesbury, 1471     129
Conclusions     133
Sieges     141
Sieges in Medieval Warfare     143
Storm, Sack and Non-Combatants     151
Jerusalem, 1099     152
Chateau Gaillard, 1203-4     161
Beziers, 1209     170
Limoges, 1370     179
Conclusions     185
Campaigns     195
Campaigns in Medieval Warfare     195
Ravaging     197
William the Conqueror's Harrying of the North, 1069-70     200
King David's Scottish Invasions, 1138     208
King John's Winter Campaign, 1215-16     222
The Black Prince's Grand Chevauchee, 1355     233
Conclusions     239
Medieval Savagery?     245
Notes     254
Select Bibliography     266
Index     275

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By Sword and Fire 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting read for those interested in medieval warfare, with case-studies of several engagements (sieges, battles and campaigns). However, the author claims at the start that his aim was to write a history text that was accessible to non-academics, and I'm sad to say he didn't quite achieve this. Keep your dictionary handy, you'll need it.