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

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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.
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801486074
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,226,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Plates and plans
1 Proprietorial warfare 1
2 The weapons of war 16
3 War, society and technology 30
4 Warfare and authority 39
5 Men of war: cavalry 53
6 Men of war: infantry 64
7 The nature of the castle 77
8 Castles and war 96
9 Fortifications and siege 107
10 Armies 128
11 Commanders 139
12 Campaign, battle and tactics 150
13 Battle and the development of war 166
14 Europe, ideology and the outsider 187
15 Crusading and warfare in the Middle East 204
16 Perspectives 230
App. I The Battle of Bouvines, 27 July 1214 235
List of Abbreviations 242
Notes 244
Bibliography 295
Index 321
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