The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages, 768-1487

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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 ...

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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.

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The ingredients of medieval warfare--armor, warhorses, small arms, the siege, archers, knights--are discussed and pictured in this highly illustrated popular history. A companion atlas, "Renaissance to Revolution, 14921792", is to be published this month The main purpose of the atlas is to trace the development of warfare from Charlemagne through the War of the Roses. Discussion is divided into four major sections: "The Crucible of Europe," (7421016), "Western Europe in the Eleventh to the Thirteenth Centuries," "Expanding Europe: The Crusades," and "Europe Divided: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries." A brief section is devoted to the theory and practice of medieval warfare, offering brief information on fortresses, gunpowder, laws of war, chivalry, mercenaries, etc. There is a glossary, a bibliography of recommended secondary sources, a chronology (limited to events covered in the atlas), and an index The strength of the work is its illustrations. Maps are used to good effect to show political boundaries, cities, placement of armies, invasion routes, and marches. Three-and four-color drawings are used to show battle positions and troop movement during battle. These are quite helpful and relate to the text. Every map has a key explaining colors and symbols. Some of the many attractive photographs of paintings, engravings, and tapestries are too pale This historical atlas will appeal to young adults and lay adults and should be placed in the general circulating collection of high-school and public libraries. Not an essential purchase for larger academic and public libraries.
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From the accession of Charlemagne to the end of the Wars of the Roses, documents European warfare with substantial narratives illustrated by colorful maps, diagrams, drawings, reproductions of medieval art, and photographs of localities and artifacts. A section also describes theory and practice. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521440493
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Cambridge Illustrated Atlases Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 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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