Warfare in the Medieval World

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Warfare in the Medieval World explores how civilizations and cultures made war on the battlefields of the Near East and Europe in the period between the fall of Rome and the introduction of reliable gunpowder weapons during the Thirty Years' War. Through an exploration of thirty-three selected battles, military historian Brian Todd Carey surveys the changing tactical relationships between the four weapon systems - heavy and light infantry and heavy and light cavalry - focusing ...

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Overview

Warfare in the Medieval World explores how civilizations and cultures made war on the battlefields of the Near East and Europe in the period between the fall of Rome and the introduction of reliable gunpowder weapons during the Thirty Years' War. Through an exploration of thirty-three selected battles, military historian Brian Todd Carey surveys the changing tactical relationships between the four weapon systems - heavy and light infantry and heavy and light cavalry - focusing on the evolution of shock and missile combat.

Through the use of dozens of multiphase tactical maps, this fascinating introduction to the art of war during western civilization's ancient and classical periods pulls together the primary and secondary sources and creates a powerful historical narrative. The result is a synthetic work that will be essential reading for students and armchair military historians alike.

AUTHOR

Brian Todd Carey is an assistant professor of history and military history at the American Public University System, where he teaches ancient, classical, medieval, and early modern military history. He is the author of dozens of articles on warfare in numerous history and military history periodicals and the recent ABC-CLIO World History Encyclopedia. In 2007 he was the recipient of American Public University System's Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award for the School of Arts and Humanities. He is also the author of Warfare in the Ancient World, Warfare in the Medieval World, and Hannibal's Last Battle: Zama and the Fall of Carthage.

TACTICAL MAP ILLUSTRATOR

Joshua B. Allfree is a US Army sergeant major currently serving as a recruiting information technology program manager at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He has over thirty years of military experience divided between the combat arms and recruiting systems and operations. He holds the bachelor of arts degree in world military history from the American Military University, the master of science in applied information technology from Bellarmine University, and several professional certifications in project management, network engineering, and IT service management.

REGIONAL MAP ILLUSTRATOR

John Cairns is a professional software developer with eighteen years of industry experience. His special emphasis on computer cartography includes the development of the mapping system used on a popular travel site.

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Professor Carey carries his “Archer Jones”-inspired matrix analysis of combat into the Middle Ages. Good coverage of Byzantine tactics and the early Middle Ages. The Mongols and the Reconquista in Spain are welcome additions to the high Middle Ages. Separate treatments of light and heavy infantry in the late Middle Ages. Important chapter on the “military revolution” of the early modern era. Excellent diagrams and maps. Glossary and select bibliography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848847415
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 2/19/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 768,054
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

Figures viii

Maps viii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Early Middle Ages: The Rise of Cavalry in Eastern Europe: Byzantium at War 10

Rome's Second Millennium

The Early Byzantine Army

Cavalry versus Cavalry

The Battles of Dam and Tricameron

Byzantine Combined Arms in Action

The Battles of Taginae and Casilinum

The Byzantine Army in Transition

Themes and Tagmata-Heavy Cavalry versus Light Cavalry

The Battle of Manzikert

Chapter 2 The Early Middle Ages: Invasion and Response: The Rise of Heavy Cavalry in Western Europe 40

The Rise of the Franks and the Battle of Tours

The Ninth- and Tenth-Century Invasions

Muslims, Magyars and Vikings at War

A Viking Battle at Sea

The Battle of Nisa-Response to Invasion

The Rise of Heavy Cavalry in Western Europe

Chapter 3 The High Middle Ages: Heavy Cavalry Dominant 68

The Norman Conquests of England and Italy

The Crusades

Latin Heavy Cavalry in the East

The Muslim Counter-Crusade

The Dominance of Latin Heavy Cavalry Challenged

The Crusades

The Reconquista in Spain and Portugal-The Battles of Sagrajas and Las Navas de Tolosa

Medieval Horse Breeding and Logistics

Chapter 4 High Medieval Warfare: The Mongol Invasion of the West 115

'Storm from the East'

The Mongol Art of'War-The Mongol Invasion of Europe

The Battles of Liegnitz and Sajo River

The Mongol Invasion of the Near East

Cavalry versus Cavalry

The Battle ofAin Falut

Chapter 5 Late Medieval Warfare: The Return of Light Infantry 139

The Apex of Chivalry and the Battle of Bouvines

The Transitional Thirteenth Century

The Welsh and Scottish Campaigns

The Longbow, the Schiltron and the Return of Infantry to Western Europe

The Hundred Years War

The English Tactical System Tested

The Battles of Crecy and Agincourt

Chapter 6 Late Medieval Warfare: The Return of Heavy Infantry 177

The Rise of the Swiss Battle Square-Heavy Infantry versus Heavy Cavalry

The Battles of Morgarten, Laupen and Sempach

The Burgundian Wars

A New Combined-Arms Synthesis versus Swiss Heavy Infantry

Chapter 7 The 'Military Revolution' and Early Modern Warfare 202

From Medieval to Early Modern Warfare

The Military Revolution of the Sixteenth Century

The Italian Wars and the Rise of the Spanish Tercio

Early Modern Logistics

The Dutch Tactical System and the Thirty Years War

Conclusion

The 'Western Way of War' and Decisive Battle

Glossary of Military Terms 231

Notes 240

Selected Bibliography 253

Index 256

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