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The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare

The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare
The Middle Ages, 768–1487

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  • Date Published: March 1996
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2008
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521440493

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  • This book offers a highly readable account of warfare in Europe and the Mediterranean from the Battle of Poitiers to the Wars of the Roses. With an emphasis on superb full-colour cartography and illustration, The Cambridge Illustrated Atlas of Warfare: The Middle Ages, 768–1487 focuses on military strategy, debunking some of the prevailing myths of medieval warfare. Often characterized as an era dominated by lone knights and long sieges, the Middle Ages in fact had a military culture as sophisticated and complex as our own, with organized armies and a high degree of tactical intelligence. This complexity is detailed in maps, plans, and an informative text. Development of naval warfare, cavalry, and siege tactics are all covered, as is the nature of contemporary logistics and contemporary understanding of the science of warfare.

    • Only book of its kind
    • Written by two experts used to dealing with a general audience
    • Superb production values: high-quality paper; colour illustration; unique, detailed maps and battle plans
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… This book, which should adorn the shelves of anyone interested in military history … As someone once wrote, geography is about maps and history is about chaps. This splendid, informative book is about both, and much else besides.' Raymond Ward, The School Librarian

    'The principal strength of this book is that there is none other like it … For the specialist, the excellently drawn maps will be of considerable value and assistance; for the general reader, the clear account of campaigns and, more particularly, the concluding section of the book - the best overview I have seen of recent academic conclusions concerning the theory and practice of warfare - will entertain and instruct.' Anne Curry, University of Reading

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521440493
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 295 x 240 x 18 mm
    • weight: 1.136kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 52 colour illus. 79 maps
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2008
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Crucible of Europe:
    1. The wars of Charlemagne
    2. The Vikings in the ninth century
    3. Tenth-century kingdoms: the growth of England, Germany, and France
    4. The Danish conquest of England 980–1010
    Part II. Western Europe in the Eleventh to the Thirteenth Centuries:
    5. The Norman conquest of England
    6. The Angevin empire 1154–1217
    7. The German empire under Frederick Barbarossa 1152–1190
    8. Thirteenth-century eastern Europe and the Mongols
    9. Thirteenth-century English civil wars
    10. England and the Celtic fringe: colonial warfare
    Part III. Expanding Europe: the Crusades:
    11. The Reconquista and the Normans in the Mediterranean c.1050–1150
    12. The First Crusade
    13. The Latin states in the Holy Land
    14. The resurgence of Islam and the Third Crusade
    15. The Latin conquest of Constantinople 1201–1311
    16. Spain and France in the thirteenth century
    17. The Crusades in Africa in the thirteenth century
    Part IV. Europe Divided: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries:
    18. The Hundred Years' War: the fourteenth century
    19. Italy and the Mediterranean arena c.1350–1480
    20. The Hundred Years' War: the fifteenth century
    21. The Hussite Wars and the later Crusades
    22. The Wars of the Roses 1452–1487
    23. The army and campaigns of Charles the Bold of Burgundy c.1465–1477
    24. A military revolution?
    Appendix: theory and practice of warfare
    Further reading

  • Authors

    Nicholas Hooper, Bradford Grammar School

    Matthew Bennett, Sandhurst College

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