Medieval Scandinavian Armies (2) 1300-1500

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While Scandinavia's 'Viking Age' is one of the most studied aspects of early medieval history, much less has been published about the centuries which followed. Yet the armies of Sweden, Norway and Denmark offer fascinating differences from the rest of medieval Western Europe, both in their organisation and their war gear. This second of two books covers the period which saw both expansion in the Baltic, and long wars born of the attempt to bring Scandinavia under a single monarchy - the Union of Kalmar. In the ...

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Overview

While Scandinavia's 'Viking Age' is one of the most studied aspects of early medieval history, much less has been published about the centuries which followed. Yet the armies of Sweden, Norway and Denmark offer fascinating differences from the rest of medieval Western Europe, both in their organisation and their war gear. This second of two books covers the period which saw both expansion in the Baltic, and long wars born of the attempt to bring Scandinavia under a single monarchy - the Union of Kalmar. In the North, as elsewhere, the perfection of plate armour could not prevent the steady decline in the importance of the 15th century mounted knight in favour of the well armed infantryman.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841765068
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/2003
  • Series: Men-at-Arms
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lindholm MA, was born in 1970. He was educated at the University of Lund in Sweden. He has made a special study of medieval weaponry and warfare both from the scientific perspective, and from the practical point of view. David Lindholm continues his researches in these fields; he also runs educational courses and seminars, both in private and at museums and in university departments. David Nicolle, born in 1944, worked in the BBC Arabic service before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental Studies and a PhD from Edinburgh University.

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Table of Contents

The Political Background 3
The 14th century
Nobility versus the crown
Northwards and eastwards expansion
Decline of the western colonies
The Union of Kalmar under Danish domination
The 15th century
Danish
Swedish wars
Baltic rivalries
14th Century Military Equipment 12
Plate armour
Gauntlets
Missile and hand weapons
Crossbows and long bows
Pole arms
Axes and maces
Swords
Firearms
Daggers
Shields
15th Century Military Equipment 19
Targets
Helmets
Brigandines
Rondel daggers
Military Organisation 21
Strategy & Tactics 22
Declining power of nobility
Mercenaries and militia
Propaganda
Fortifications 24
Siege warfare
Further Reading 36
The Plates 38
Index 48
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