Cavalry in Ancient Warfare

Author: Phil Sidnell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0826421059

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 2352

Cavalry were an important part of almost every ancient army, yet modern writers have neglected them in favour of the infantry of the Greek phalanx and the Roman legions. Warhorse seeks to correct this injustice. Phil Sidnell challenges the common view that ancient cavalry were useful for scouting and raiding but left the real fighting to the foot soldiers. In fact, he argues, they were often used in a shock role and proved decisive on many occasions. The famous victories of great generals such as Alexander, Hannibal and Julius Caesar could not have been won without a full appreciation of the battle-winning potential of the cavalry. Drawing heavily on the ancient sources, Warhorse takes the reader on a thrilling ride through numerous vividly recreated battles, from the earliest civilizations to the Battle of Hastings, to reveal the horsemen of the ancient world in their full and deadly glory. 'A wonderful book ... written in a very clear and quick-paced writing style. It should become a classic.' PETER G. TSOURAS, US defence intelligence analyst and author and editor of many books, including Alexander: The Invincible King of Macedonia. 'Sidnell has produced a highly readable study of the combat role of cavalry in the ancient world ... argues his point in an imaginative thorough fashion ... this book will appeal to a wide range of readers.' CHOICE, June 2007
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Medieval Warfare : A History

A History

Author: Maurice Keen

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191542520

Category: History

Page: 354

View: 7142

This richly illustrated book explores over seven hundred years of European warfare, from the time of Charlemagne to the end of the middle ages (c.1500). The period covered has a distinctive character in military history. It was an age when organization for war was integral to social structure, when the secular aristocrat was by necessity also a warrior, and whose culture was profoundly influenced by martial ideas. Twelve scholars, experts in their own fields, have contributed to this finely illustrated book. It is divided into two parts. Part I seeks to explore the experience of war viewed chronologically with separate chapters on, for instance, the Viking age, on the wars and expansion of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, on the Crusades and on the great Hundred Years War between England and France. The chapters in Part II trace thematically the principal developments in the art of warfare; in fortification and siege craft; in the role of armoured cavalrymen; in the employment of mercenary forces; the advent of gunpowder artillery; and of new skills in navigation and shipbuilding. In both parts of the book, the overall aim has been to offer the general reader an impression, not just of the where and the when of great confrontations, but above all of the social experience of warfare in the middle ages, and of the impact of its demands on human resources and human endurance.
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Medieval Identity Machines

Author: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452905815


Page: 336

View: 8540

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Medieval Knighthood V

Papers from the Sixth Strawberry Hill Conference 1994

Author: Stephen Church,Ruth Harvey

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851156286

Category: History

Page: 266

View: 3465

"Cumulatively [the volumes] are of increasing value as repositories of scholarship on the multi-dimensional subject of knighthood ... highly informative and useful." ALBION
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Medieval Warfare

A Bibliographical Guide

Author: Everett U. Crosby

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135576262

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 238

View: 4132

Hono sapiens, homo pugnans, and so it has been since the beginning of recorded history. In the Middle Ages, especially, armed conflict and the military life were so much a part of the political and cultural development that a general account of this period is, in large measure, a description of how men went to war.
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The English in the Twelfth Century

Imperialism, National Identity, and Political Values

Author: John Gillingham

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9780851157320

Category: History

Page: 289

View: 2067

Defining essays on questions of newly-emerging English nationalism and the political importance of chivalric values and knightly obligations, as perceived by contemporary historians.
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Medieval Warfare, 1000-1300

Author: John France

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company


Category: History

Page: 644

View: 4521

The study of medieval warfare has developed enormously in recent years. Assembled in this volume are 34 papers which represent milestones in the development of the new ideas about medieval warfare, set in context by an introductory essay.
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The House of Commons

Seven Hundred Years of British Tradition

Author: Robert Smith,John Scott Moore

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political Science

Page: 229

View: 3188

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Renaissance Europe

Age of Recovery and Reconciliation

Author: De Lamar Jensen

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company


Category: History

Page: 467

View: 3823

These popular volumes offer a comprehensive, challenging introduction to the politics, economic development, social life, culture, and thought of early modern Europe. The Renaissance volume includes discussion of political and religious life in the Italian city-states and an emphasis on the interrelationship of literature, philosophy, art, and science. The Reformation volume provides new examinations of the social and economic aspects of the Reformation and the significance of humanism during the early Reformation period.
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War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe, and Mesoamerica

Author: Kurt A. Raaflaub,Nathan Stewart Rosenstein

Publisher: Harvard University Press


Category: History

Page: 484

View: 1133

A unique, multi-authored social history of war from the third millennium B.C.E. to the tenth century C.E. in the Mediterranean, the Near East, and Europe (Egypt, Achaemenid Persia, Greece, the Hellenistic World, the Roman Republic and Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the early Islamic World, and early Medieval Europe), with parallel studies of Mesoamerica (the Maya and Aztecs) and East Asia (ancient China, medieval Japan). The product of a colloquium at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies, this volume offers a broadly based, comparative examination of war and military organization in their complex interactions with social, economic, and political structures as well as cultural practices.
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The Medieval Park

New Perspectives

Author: Robert Liddiard

Publisher: N.A


Category: Gardening

Page: 207

View: 1771

The park - a feature of the landscape we always associate with the hunting of deer - played an important role in the psyche of Britain's medieval aristocracy. This well-illustrated book offers a reappraisal of the park by a new generation of landscape researchers, who use a diversity of approaches to assess its economy, ecology and social role. They show how parks actually had many functions other than deer management and hunting; they were integrated into the wider rural economy, and also provided a means by which seigneurial control of the landscape might be demonstrated. They varied considerably across Britain, and are of considerable conservation significance today.
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The Horse in Celtic Culture

Medieval Welsh Perspectives

Author: Sioned Davies,Nerys Ann Jones

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 190

View: 6363

"The subjects covered are: the symbolic horse in pagan Celtic Europe; horses in the early historic period; words for 'horse' in the Celtic languages; the horse in the Welsh law texts; horses in medieval Welsh court poetry; the evidence of the Triads of the Horses; horses in the Mabinogion; poems of request and thanks for horses; the horse in Welsh folklore." --from back cover.
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The Mongol Art of War

Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Military System

Author: Timothy May

Publisher: Westholme Publishing


Category: History

Page: 214

View: 7288

Offers myths and misunderstandings that distort the understanding of Mongol warfare, and demonstrates that the armies of Chinggis Khan had more in common with modern ones than with the armies of ancient Rome.
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Henry the Eighth's military revolution

Author: James J. Raymond

Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company

ISBN: 9781845112608

Category: History

Page: 321

View: 3000

The reign of Henry VIII saw a renascent militarism encapture England. James Raymond traces the development of Henry's military establishment within the context of the wider European military revolution. Making use of extensive new research into the military literature of the mid-Tudor period, 'Henry VIII's Military Revolution' is able to firmly root the military theories of the time within the solid realities of Henry's army. Raymond pays particular attention to the rise of professionalism and the adaptation of the English army to new technologies and ideas. In this vein Raymond explores the career of Henry's first professional artillaryman for the first time, Sir Christopher Morris. In so doing he casts a striking new light on our understanding of the development of artillery not only in England, but also in Europe as a whole.
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New Medieval Literatures

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9782503527741

Category: Literature, Medieval

Page: 244

View: 5715

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The Bayeux Tapestry

New Interpretations

Author: Martin Kennedy Foys,Karen Eileen Overbey,Dan Terkla

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art

Page: 216

View: 1009

New approaches to what is arguably the most famous artefact from the Middle Ages.
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