Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World describes the fighting techniques of soldiers in Europe and the Near East in an age before the widepsread use of gunpowder. The book explores the unique tactics required to win battles with the technology available, and demonstrates how little has changed in some respects of the art of war.
The book is divided into five chapters covering the main elements of medieval warfare: infantry, cavalry, generalship, siege warfare, and naval combat. Each chapter features four major battles to demonstrate the strengths, pitfalls, and characteristics of the style of warfare.
Using specially-commisioned color and black-and-white artwork to illustrate the battles, equipment, and tactics of the era, Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World shows in detail the methods by which armies, including Norman, Crusader, and Mongol forces, prevailed over their foes, and why other armies were less successful. The book is an essential companion for any reader interested in warfare in the medieval age.
About the Author
Matthew Bennett is a Senior Lecturer at The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. His books include the Cambridge Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages and Agincourt, 1415.
Jim Bradbury's books include The Medieval Archer, The Medieval Siege, and The Routledge Companion to Medieval Warfare.
Kelly DeVries is Professor of History at Loyola College in Maryland. He is the author of Medieval Military Technology, Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century, Joan of Arc: A Military Leader, and Guns and Men in Medieval Europe.
Iain Dickie has been a committe member of the Society of Ancients and editor of Army & Navy Modelworld, Military Hobbies, and Miniature Wargames magazines.
Phyllis Jestice is Assistant Professor of Medieval History, University of Southern Mississippi. She was previously Lecturer in Ancient and Medieval History, California State University.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was disappointed by this book. The topics covered are very general. The book relies on its too cute battlefield maps to illustrate the very general topics. I simply didn't learn much from the book. Perhaps my interests were too specific, but it was costly and seemed more like a coffee table book.
I've just recently bought Combat Techniques of the Medieval World, and it is a must have for anyone who is even interested in Military History. The deatailed maps included are absolutely exquisite, not to mention the black and white illustrations. If you're not interested in this time period, I suggest 'Combat Techniques of the Ancient World' or 'Combat Techniques of the Early Modern World.'