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The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages, 768-1487
     

The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages, 768-1487

by Nicholas Hooper, Matthew Bennett
 
Warfare in the Middle Ages is often characterized as being dominated by lone, heroic knights or enormous mobs of plodding infantry. In this colorful and informative book, authors Hooper and Bennett debunk many of the myths surrounding medieval warfare to present a picture of a military culture as sophisticated as our modern one, with well organized armies and a high

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Warfare in the Middle Ages is often characterized as being dominated by lone, heroic knights or enormous mobs of plodding infantry. In this colorful and informative book, authors Hooper and Bennett debunk many of the myths surrounding medieval warfare to present a picture of a military culture as sophisticated as our modern one, with well organized armies and a high degree of tactical intelligence. The authors make their case by masterful use of high-quality maps, battle plans, and pictorial essays that explore such topics as siege warfare, the use of cavalry, the development of naval warfare, medieval science and warfare, and the legacy of the Middle Ages in modern military warfare. The Atlas spans the period from the coronation of Charlemagne to the last of the English Wars of the Roses and covers campaigns in and around Europe and the Mediterranean. The illustrations depict all levels of warfare from the strategic campaigns down to individual battles, fortifications, and weaponry. The lucid narrative that accompanies the pictures explains the course of campaigns and lessons to be learned from them. This book is written for the general reader with an interest in the history of warfare.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In this volume, the authors have combined academic respectability with accessibility to appeal to general readers....It is beautifully illustrated...this is a fine addition that will assist in the study of many controversial issues on the movement and strategies of armies of the period." School Library Journal

"...a handsome survey of medieval warfare from the accession of Charlemagne (768) to the end of the third War of the Roses (1487)....Highly recommended." Library Journal

"Excellent....very accessible and authoritative." Reader's Review

"This is a good atlas, suitable for undergraduates and as a starting point for further research....This volume will please the fans of the Normans and the Plantagenets." The Journal of Military History

"A reasonably priced reference work....Each entry begins with a clear overview....Presentation is colorful, concise, and scholarly, particularly detailed information...." American Reference Books Annual

"Rarely has a popular history book been written that succeeds so well in being entertaining and yet still substantive." Jeffrey Heinen, Speculum

"...this volume provids an engaging summary of the history of warfare in Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean region. The Atlas is both a beautifully produced introduction to the subjevt on the period." Naval War College Review

Zom Zoms
The ingredients of medieval warfare--armor, warhorses, small arms, the siege, archers, knights--are discussed and pictured in this highly illustrated popular history. A companion atlas, "Renaissance to Revolution, 14921792", is to be published this month The main purpose of the atlas is to trace the development of warfare from Charlemagne through the War of the Roses. Discussion is divided into four major sections: "The Crucible of Europe," (7421016), "Western Europe in the Eleventh to the Thirteenth Centuries," "Expanding Europe: The Crusades," and "Europe Divided: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries." A brief section is devoted to the theory and practice of medieval warfare, offering brief information on fortresses, gunpowder, laws of war, chivalry, mercenaries, etc. There is a glossary, a bibliography of recommended secondary sources, a chronology (limited to events covered in the atlas), and an index The strength of the work is its illustrations. Maps are used to good effect to show political boundaries, cities, placement of armies, invasion routes, and marches. Three-and four-color drawings are used to show battle positions and troop movement during battle. These are quite helpful and relate to the text. Every map has a key explaining colors and symbols. Some of the many attractive photographs of paintings, engravings, and tapestries are too pale This historical atlas will appeal to young adults and lay adults and should be placed in the general circulating collection of high-school and public libraries. Not an essential purchase for larger academic and public libraries.
Booknews
From the accession of Charlemagne to the end of the Wars of the Roses, documents European warfare with substantial narratives illustrated by colorful maps, diagrams, drawings, reproductions of medieval art, and photographs of localities and artifacts. A section also describes theory and practice. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521440493
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
Cambridge Illustrated Atlases Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.71(d)

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