Cavalry in Ancient Warfare

Author: Phil Sidnell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0826421059

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 8788

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: 3971

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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Romanische Sprachgeschichte und Diskurstraditionen

Akten der gleichnamigen Sektion des XXVII. deutschen Romanistentags

Author: Heidi Aschenberg,Raymund Wilhelm

Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag

ISBN: 9783823357605

Category: Romance philology

Page: 236

View: 5719

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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: 1009

"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: 3677

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: 5556

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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Kriege und Krieger 500-1500

Author: Hans-Henning Kortüm

Publisher: Kohlhammer Verlag


Category: History

Page: 290

View: 9948

English summary: The work covers the fundamental aspects of war in general and medieval war especially. Within this context the following questions are addressed: What were the reasons of waging war in the middle ages? What types of war were known to the middle ages (genocide, civil war, expansive war, etc.)? Who fought these conflicts and by what means? What was the war's impact on non-combatants? Common cliches on war in the middle ages are scrutinized though contemporary research. Following contemporary academic opinion modern wars show medieval tendencies, at the same time medieval wars are quite modern when looked at closely. An academically sound and easy to read textbook on the phenomena of war in the middle ages. German description: Das Buch beschaftigt sich mit grundlegenden Aspekten des Krieges im Allgemeinen und mittelalterlicher Kriege im Besonderen. In diesem Zusammenhang wird unter anderem folgenden Fragen nachgegangen: Aus welchen Grunden fuhrte man im Mittelalter einen Krieg? Welche Arten von Krieg (Genozid, "Burgerkrieg," Expansionskrieg usw.) kannte das Mittelalter? Wer hat diese Konflikte ausgefochten? Welche Mittel wurden dabei eingesetzt? Wie wirkten sich Kriege auf Nichtkombattanten aus? - Lieb gewordene Klischees uber den Krieg im Mittelalter werden anhand der aktuellen Forschung auf den Prufstand gestellt. Zeigen aktuelle Kriege nach einhelliger Forschungsmeinung typisch mittelalterliche Zuge, so erweisen sich umgekehrt mittelalterliche Kriege bei genauerem Hinsehen als uberraschend modern.Ein leicht lesbares, wissenschaftlich fundiertes Studienbuch zum Phanomen der Kriege in der Zeit des Mittelalters.
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Tiere im Krieg

von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart

Author: Rainer Pöppinghege

Publisher: N.A


Category: Animals

Page: 280

View: 8865

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Siebenhundertneunundneunzig, Kunst und Kultur der Karolingerzeit

Author: Christoph Stiegemann,Matthias Wemhoff

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783805325905

Category: Archaeology, Medieval

Page: 744

View: 462

Betrifft die Handschrift Cod. 338 der Burgerbibliothek Bern (S. 726).
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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: 9191

Posted in Political Science

The Horse in Celtic Culture

Medieval Welsh Perspectives

Author: Sioned Davies,Nerys Ann Jones

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 190

View: 6317

"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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Medieval Warfare, 1000-1300

Author: John France

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company


Category: History

Page: 644

View: 1952

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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Renaissance Europe

Age of Recovery and Reconciliation

Author: De Lamar Jensen

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company


Category: History

Page: 467

View: 9058

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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The Mongol Art of War

Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Military System

Author: Timothy May

Publisher: Westholme Publishing


Category: History

Page: 214

View: 5883

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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The Medieval Park

New Perspectives

Author: Robert Liddiard

Publisher: N.A


Category: Gardening

Page: 207

View: 3942

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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