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Revival: A History of the Art of War in the Sixteenth Century (1937)

1st Edition

By Charles, Sir. Oman


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In the beginning of the time period concerned, we are still in the Middle Ages – Flodden Field or Novara might almost have been fought in the fifteenth century. At the end a formal battle like Nieuport might almost have been fought in the Thirty Years War. This volume is the result of an attempt to sum up the fundamental alterations in the Art of War between 1494 and 1600, and is intended to serve as an outline of military theory and practice between those dates.

Table of Contents

BOOK I 1. Preliminary Data 2. Military Geography in the Great Wars (1494-1559 3. Strategy and Tactics in the Great Italian Wars 4. The French Army in the Great Italian Wars 5. The Spanish Army, Gonsalvo de Cordova, the Arquebusiers, and the ‘Tercios’ 6. The Swiss and the Pike-Phalanx 7. The Germans – Landsknechts and Reiters 8. The Italians – The Condottieri and the Theories of Machiavelli BOOK II: THE GREAT BATTELS OF THE ITALIAN WARS, AND THEIR TACTICAL MEANING 1. Fornovo (July 6, 1495) 2. Campaign and Battle of the Garigliano (December 29, 1503) 3. Ravenna (April 11, 1512) 4. Novara (June 6, 1513) 5. Marignano (September 13, 1515) 6. Bicocca (April 27, 1522) 7. Pavia (February 24, 1525) – The Campaign and the Battle BOOK III: THE LATER YEARS OF THE GREAT WARS (1527-59) 1. Changes in Tactics, Fortification and Armament 2. Ceresole (Cerissoles) (April 11, 1544) 3. The German Civil Wars (1546-53) – Muhlburg and Sievershausen 4. The Battle of St. Quentin (August 10, 1557) 5. The Fall of Calais (January 7, 1558) 6. The Battle of Gravelines (July 13, 1558) and the Peace of Cateau Cambresis (April 2, 1559) BOOK IV: MILITARY HISTORY OF ENGLAND UNDER THE TUDORS 1. The Early Continental Wars of Henry VIII (1512-13) – The Battle of the Spurs (Augest 16, 1513) 2. Flodden Field (September 9, 1513) 3. The Second English Invasion of France (1522-23) 4. The Last French War of Henry VIII (1543-45) – The ‘Enterprise of Paris’ and the ‘Enterprise of Boulogne’ 5. Naval War in the Channel, and the Fortification of the South Coast (1545-46) 6. The Battle of Pinkie (September 10, 1547) 7. Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth (1547-1603) – Organization and Armament – the Last Days of the Long-Bow BOOK V: THE WARS OF RELIGION IN FRANCE 1. General Considerations: political and Military – the Catholic and the Huguenot Armies 2. Battle of Dreux (December 19, 1562) 3. Battle of St. Denis (November 10, 1567) 4. Battle of Jarnac (March 13, 1569) 5. Battle of Moncontour (October 3, 1569) 6. Characteristics of the Later Years of the French Wars of Religion – Henry of Navarre (1572-96) 7. Battle of Coutras (October 20, 1587) 8. Battle of Arques (September 21, 1589) 9. Battle of Ivry (March 14, 1590) 10. Henry IV and Alexander of Parma (1590-92) 11. Triumph of Henry of Navarre (1593-98) BOOK VI: THE REVOLT OF THE NETHERLANDS AND THE DUTCH WAR OF INDEPENDENCE (1568-1609) 1. General Aspects of the Struggle 2. The Campaign of 1568, Heiligerlee and Jemmingen 3. Mookerheyde (April 14, 1574) 4. Gemblours (January 31, 1578) 5. The Work of Maurice of Nassau (1590-1600) 6. Tournhout (January 24, 1597) 7. Nieuport (July 2, 1600) BOOK VII: THE TURKISH ATTACK ON CHRISTENDOM (1520-1606) 1. Preliminary: The Persian Wars of Selim II (1514-15) – Battle of Tchaldiran (August 23, 1514) 2. The Turkish Conquest of Syria and Egypt – Battles of Dabik (August 24, 1516) and Ridanieh (January 12, 1517) 3. Sultan Soliman’s First Invasion of Hungary (1521-22) 4. The Siege of Rhodes (1522) 5. The Campaign of Mohacs (1526) 6. The Siege of Vienne (September – October 1529) 7. Soliman’s Second Invasion of Austria (1532) – Siege of Guns – The Persian War (1533-35) 8. Hungary and Africa (1533-47) – Commencement of the Turkish Naval Offensive 9. Development of the Turkish Offensive by Sea (1546-65) – Siege of Malta (May-September 1565) 10. Szigeth, Cyprus and Lepanto – The Last Turkish Offensive (1564-73) 11. Aftermath of Lepanto – End of the Turkish Offensive (1574-1606) 12. The Turkish Peril to Christendom – Its Cause and its End INDEX

About the Author

Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman, KBE, FBA was a British military historian. He became an honorary fellow of New College in 1936, and received the honorary degrees of DCL (Oxford, 1926) and LL.D (Edinburgh, 1911 and Cambridge, 1927).

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HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century