Medieval Sieges & Siegecraft

Medieval Sieges & Siegecraft

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by Geoffrey Hindley
     
 

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From Jericho to Troy, medieval Europe knew siege warfare as a tradition of antiquity. Long before the advent of city culture, rivaling civilizations had relied on siege tactics as a means of taking over fortified palaces, temples, and defensive walls. But the dawn of the medieval period brought the “golden age” of siege warfare, as the proliferation of

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From Jericho to Troy, medieval Europe knew siege warfare as a tradition of antiquity. Long before the advent of city culture, rivaling civilizations had relied on siege tactics as a means of taking over fortified palaces, temples, and defensive walls. But the dawn of the medieval period brought the “golden age” of siege warfare, as the proliferation of formalized cities made siege tactics the ideal choice from a militaristic standpoint.

In Medieval Sieges & Siegecraft, Geoffrey Hindley looks at the subject from every angle. He traces the development of strong points, castles, and fortified towns and considers the architects and masons who built them; describes the problems of medieval logistics and food supply that confronted both sides during a siege (and which often decided the outcome); and pens vivid portraits of the machinery of warfare—from towers, mines, trebuchets, and mangonels to boiling oil and Greek fire; and considers the parts played by women and camp followers in battle. With the support of fifty illustrations printed throughout the text, Hindley shows siege tactics in action through real-life case studies of famous sieges that changed the course of history in medieval Europe and the Holy Land.

A definitive account of an often overlooked portion of military history, this stimulating and accessible study will be fascinating reading for medieval specialists and for anyone who is interested in the history of warfare.

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For those interested in a fuller understanding of medieval warfare, covering the years 500 to 1500 C.E., this book should be square one. The siege was the basis of battle then, and British historian Hindley covers the subject from the development of the castle as strongpoint to the evolution of fortified towns and cities; logistics and supply; the machinery and weapons of war; and the parts women and camp followers played in battles, some taking a very active role in combat. All of this discussion is anchored in the author's depictions of the famous sieges of the period, as well as of the First through the Fifth Crusades. Broken down into digestible sections (e.g., "Machines of War" is divided into "Crossbow" and "Catapult"), the extremely readable results are recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626361409
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Hindley is a distinguished medieval historian who has written widely on many aspects of the period. He has made a special study of medieval warfare and of sieges in particular. He lives in the UK.

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