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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: January 1996
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2008
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521440493

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  • Warfare in the Middle Ages is often characterized as being dominated by lone, heroic knights or enormous mobs of plodding infantry. In this colorful and informative book, authors Hooper and Bennett debunk many of the myths surrounding medieval warfare to present a picture of a military culture as sophisticated as our modern one, with well organized armies and a high degree of tactical intelligence. The authors make their case by masterful use of high-quality maps, battle plans, and pictorial essays that explore such topics as siege warfare, the use of cavalry, the development of naval warfare, medieval science and warfare, and the legacy of the Middle Ages in modern military warfare. The Atlas spans the period from the coronation of Charlemagne to the last of the English Wars of the Roses and covers campaigns in and around Europe and the Mediterranean. The illustrations depict all levels of warfare from the strategic campaigns down to individual battles, fortifications, and weaponry. The lucid narrative that accompanies the pictures explains the course of campaigns and lessons to be learned from them. This book is written for the general reader with an interest in the history 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

    "In this volume, the authors have combined academic respectability with accessibility to appeal to general readers....It is beautifully illustrated...this is a fine addition that will assist in the study of many controversial issues on the movement and strategies of armies of the period." School Library Journal

    "...a handsome survey of medieval warfare from the accession of Charlemagne (768) to the end of the third War of the Roses (1487)....Highly recommended." Library Journal

    "Excellent....very accessible and authoritative." Reader's Review

    "This is a good atlas, suitable for undergraduates and as a starting point for further research....This volume will please the fans of the Normans and the Plantagenets." The Journal of Military History

    "A reasonably priced reference work....Each entry begins with a clear overview....Presentation is colorful, concise, and scholarly, particularly detailed information...." American Reference Books Annual

    "Rarely has a popular history book been written that succeeds so well in being entertaining and yet still substantive." Jeffrey Heinen, Speculum

    "...this volume provids an engaging summary of the history of warfare in Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean region. The Atlas is both a beautifully produced introduction to the subjevt on the period." Naval War College Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 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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