While Scandinavia's 'Viking Age' is one of the most studied aspects of early medieval history, much less has been published about the centuries which followed. Yet the armies of Sweden, Norway and Denmark offer fascinating differences from the rest of medieval Western Europe, both in their organisation and their war gear. This second of two books covers the period which saw both expansion in the Baltic, and long wars born of the attempt to bring Scandinavia under a single monarchy - the Union of Kalmar. In the North, as elsewhere, the perfection of plate armour could not prevent the steady decline in the importance of the 15th century mounted knight in favour of the well armed infantryman.
About the Author
David Lindholm MA, was born in 1970. He was educated at the University of Lund in Sweden. He has made a special study of medieval weaponry and warfare both from the scientific perspective, and from the practical point of view. David Lindholm continues his researches in these fields; he also runs educational courses and seminars, both in private and at museums and in university departments. David Nicolle, born in 1944, worked in the BBC Arabic service before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental Studies and a PhD from Edinburgh University.
Table of Contents
Chronology of major wars · Scandinavian army organisation 1300-1500 · Influence of the Hanseatic German cities · Weapons · Armour: from mail to plate - the Wisby graves of 1361 analysed · Tactics · Fortifications and siege warfare
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