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
Cavalry in Ancient Warfare
Author: Phil Sidnell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Author: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
"Cumulatively [the volumes] are of increasing value as repositories of scholarship on the multi-dimensional subject of knighthood ... highly informative and useful." ALBION
Papers from the Sixth Strawberry Hill Conference 1994
Author: Stephen Church,Ruth Harvey
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
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.
A Bibliographical Guide
Author: Everett U. Crosby
Category: Literary Criticism
Defining essays on questions of newly-emerging English nationalism and the political importance of chivalric values and knightly obligations, as perceived by contemporary historians.
Imperialism, National Identity, and Political Values
Author: John Gillingham
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Author: Linda Kalof,Brigitte Pohl-Resl
Author: Susan Janet Ridyard
Publisher: Univ of the South Pr
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.
Author: John France
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company
Seven Hundred Years of British Tradition
Author: Robert Smith,John Scott Moore
Category: Political Science
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.
Age of Recovery and Reconciliation
Author: De Lamar Jensen
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company
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.
Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe, and Mesoamerica
Author: Kurt A. Raaflaub,Nathan Stewart Rosenstein
Publisher: Harvard University Press
"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.
Medieval Welsh Perspectives
Author: Sioned Davies,Nerys Ann Jones
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.
Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Military System
Author: Timothy May
Publisher: Westholme Publishing
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.
Author: James J. Raymond
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company
Category: Literature, Medieval
New approaches to what is arguably the most famous artefact from the Middle Ages.
Author: Martin Kennedy Foys,Karen Eileen Overbey,Dan Terkla