Medieval Military Technology / Edition 1

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DeVries' book covers arms, the introduction of armor, gunpowder, the use of fortifications, and naval weaponry, and does so while showing how medieval military technology is connected in broader ways to medieval society.

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What People Are Saying

James W. Alexander

An excellent book, the best in its field.

Bert S. Hall

A broadly synthetic work in the best sense of the term, DeVries' book intelligently summarizes and organizes the best of recent scholarship into a comprehensive (and comprehensible) survey of medieval military technology. It should rank along with Van Crevald's Technology and War or O'Connell's Of Arms and Men. I've been waiting for a work like this for some time.

Richard Abels

Kelly DeVries' meticulously researched book covers virtually every aspect of medieval military technology, ranging far beyond the pioneering efforts of Lynn White. Prof. DeVries summarizes the current state of historical knowledge about medieval arms, armor, castles, fortifications, artillery and even naval weaponry. Students of the Middle Ages and military enthusiasts alike will find Medieval Military Technology a valuable and unique work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780921149743
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
  • Publication date: 1/13/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola University Maryland, an editor for the Journal of Medieval Military History and an Honorary Historical Consultant for the Royal Armouries. He is the author or editor of 18 books and more than 80 articles. He frequently appears on documentaries airing on PBS, and the History, History International, Discovery, and National Geographic channels.
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Table of Contents



Part I: Arms and Armor



The Stirrup, Mounted Shock Combat, Chivalry, and Feudalism

Part II: Artillery

Non-Gunpowder Artillery

Gunpowder Artillery

Part III: Fortifications

Early Medieval Fortifications

The Motte-and-Bailey Castle

Stone Castles

Urban Fortifications and Fortified Residences

Part IV: Warships



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