Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades, 1000-1300 / Edition 1

Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades, 1000-1300 / Edition 1

by John France
     
 

In his approach to his subject, John France considers poetical, social, and economic development in the age of the crusades. He emphasizes the significance of four factors in shaping medieval warfare: the dominance of land as a form of wealth, the limited competence of government, the state of technology that favoured defence over attack, and the geography and climate… See more details below

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In his approach to his subject, John France considers poetical, social, and economic development in the age of the crusades. He emphasizes the significance of four factors in shaping medieval warfare: the dominance of land as a form of wealth, the limited competence of government, the state of technology that favoured defence over attack, and the geography and climate of western Europe. His coverage of the castle and the knight in armour depicts the role of landowners in producing these characteristic medieval instruments of war. In addition, France provides an extensive analysis of battles in which he reconstructs a series of encounters in superb detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801486074
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
929,524
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Plates and plans
1Proprietorial warfare1
2The weapons of war16
3War, society and technology30
4Warfare and authority39
5Men of war: cavalry53
6Men of war: infantry64
7The nature of the castle77
8Castles and war96
9Fortifications and siege107
10Armies128
11Commanders139
12Campaign, battle and tactics150
13Battle and the development of war166
14Europe, ideology and the outsider187
15Crusading and warfare in the Middle East204
16Perspectives230
App. IThe Battle of Bouvines, 27 July 1214235
List of Abbreviations242
Notes244
Bibliography295
Index321

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