Essays on Medieval Military History: Strategy, Military Revolutions and the Hundred Years War, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Essays on Medieval Military History

Strategy, Military Revolutions and the Hundred Years War, 1st Edition

By Clifford J. Rogers


346 pages

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Hardback: 9780754659969
pub: 2009-12-28
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The Hundred Years War has been the focus of much scholarly work over the past decades. In this collection of fifteen studies, Clifford J. Rogers treats numerous aspects of the war, with particular emphasis on the reign of Edward III. Several campaigns are analyzed in detail, drawing on manuscript sources and highlighting the close interrelationship between military operations and political aims and contexts. Several important contemporary texts dealing with the Hundred Years War are included in the volume, both in the original languages and in English translation (including a translation of the 1328-1339 continuation of the Manuel d'histoire de Philippe VI not previously published.) A long essay discussing the devastation of France during the Hundred Years War is significant not only for understanding the place of ravaging in medieval warfare, but for appreciating its terrible effects on the daily lives of ordinary medieval people. Other articles in the collection take a very broad view, examining the generalities of medieval military strategy, the nature of military revolutions across history, and the significance of developments in the conduct and structures of war for changes in late medieval society generally.


’Taken together, the essays published by Rogers over the past seventeen years have had an important, and positive impact on the study of the tactics and strategies of the early phases of the Hundred Years’ War. Rogers is owed a considerable debt of gratitude, in addition, for his discovery and publication of new sources of information that shed light on critical battles fought during Edward III’s reign.’ H-France '… whether one agrees with Rogers or not, one can not fail to be hugely impressed by his serious learning and scholarly expertise; his thought-provoking arguments only add to the great enjoyment of reading his work.' European Review of History 'Having this material collected together in one handy volume rather than scattered through numerous books and photocopies from journals will be a great aid in tracking down important information in a timely manner.' Arquebusier

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction. Part 1 Strategy: Edward III and the dialectics of strategy, 1327-1360; The offensive/defensive in medieval strategy; The Vegetian science of warfare in the Middle Ages; Part 2 Military Revolutions: The military revolutions of the Hundred Years War; 'Military revolutions' and 'revolutions in military affairs': a historian's perspective; 'As if a new sun had arisen': England's 14th-century RMA; The efficacy of the medieval longbow: a reply to Kelly DeVries. Part 3 The Hundred Years War: By fire and the sword: bellum hostile and 'civilians' in the Hundred Years War; A continuation of the Manuel d'histoire de Philippe IV for the years 1328-39; An unknown news bulletin from the siege of Tournai in 1340; The Bergerac campaign (1345) and the generalship of Henry of Lancaster; The Scottish invasion of 1346; Three new accounts of the Neville's Cross campaign (with M.C. Buck); Sir Thomas Dagworth in Brittany, 1346-7: Restellou and La Roche Derrien; The Anglo-French peace negotiations of 1354-1360 reconsidered; Addenda and corrigenda; Index

About the Author

Clifford J. Rogers is Professor of History, United States Military Academy -West Point USA.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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HISTORY / General