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From the Publisher"France, whose Victory in the East is undoubtedly the finest military history of the First Crusade, has turned here to a general study of the military history of Europe from1000 to 1300. Unique facts and novel ideas come to the reader at a furious pace, but with . . . clear footnotes and an ample bibliography. This book should lead students and researchers alike to fresh discussions of what it was like to fight wars during the Middle Ages."—Choice
"This book contributes considerably to scholarship in this field. Furthermore, it does so in a manner which is clearly presented, well written, and often entertaining to read."—Military History
"France packs an impressive array of information into this authoritative study. . . The author provides enough detail (including examples of battles with maps) to make his book accessible to an educated audience."—Virginia Quarterly Review
"This book is clearly based on a considerable amount of detailed research and reading. It adopts, in the main, a thematic approach and covers not just the obvious topics, such as the recruitment of troops, sieges, and battles in the field: among the less familiar subjects treated are metallurgical developments, the provision of food supplies, transport, and the qualities demanded of a successful commander. Medieval warfare is also set in political, social, and economic context, with an examination of the causes and objectives of war."—A.J. Forey, Emeritus, University of Dublin. American Historical Review. Spring 2000.
"John France . . . . has produced a minor tour de force of synthesis and analysis of one of the central features of medieval life."—Christopher Tyerman, Hertford College, Oxford. War in History. Vol. 7, No. 3, 212.
"This is a valuable book packed with an extensive survey of recent studies by specialists, elucidated by rich notes, and complemented by a full bibliography. . . It is an excellent place to commence an examination of the subject, and specialists will also find it helpful in gaining a background for regions and periods other than their own."—James F. Powers, College of the Holy Cross. Speculum, October 2000
"I am full of admiration for this excellent story of the practice of warfare in the Central Middle Ages. It is a work of both scholarship and synthesis, full of insight, and communicated in an accessible and professional way."—Norman Housley, University of Leicester