First published in 1898, this history of medieval warfare, written by one of the great medievalists of his time, Sir Charles Oman, remains for students and general readers one of the best accounts of military art in the Middle Ages. The book begins with the significant battle of Adrianople in 378 A.D. (the most fearful defeat suffered by a Roman army since Cannae in 216 B.C.) and Marignano (1515 A.D.), the last of the triumphs of the medieval horseman. It was extensively revised and edited by John H. Beeler in 1953 to incorporate many new facts uncovered since the late nineteenth century. This edition is based on Methuen’s 1978 revised and enlarged edition, which includes new chapters and the author’s original preface.
Table of Maps, Plans, and Illustrations
Book 1: The Transition from Roman to Medieval Forms of War
1. The Last Days of the Legion, A.D. 235-450
2. Commencement of the Supremacy of Cavalry, A.D. 450-552
Book 2: The Early Middle Ages, A.D. 500-768
3. The Visigoths, Lombards, and Franks
4. The Anglo-Saxons
Book 3: From Charles The Great to The Battle of Hastings:
5. Charles The Great and the Early Carolingians
6. The Vikings
7. The Vikings Turned Back – The Feudal Horseman and The Feudal Castle – The Thegn and the Burh
8. The Magyars
9. Arms and Armour (800-1100)
10. Seigecraft and Fortification
11. The Last Struggles of Infantry – Hastings and Dyrrhachium
Book 4: The Byzantines, A.D. 579-1204
12. Historical Development of the Byzantine Army
13. Arms and Organisation of the Byzantine Army
14. Decline of the Byzantine Army (1071-1204)
Book 5: The Crusades, A.D. 1097-1291
16. The Grand Strategy of the Crusades
17. The Tactics of the Crusades I. The Earlier Battles (1097-1102)
18. The Tactics of the Crusades II. The Later Battles (1119-1192)
19. The Great Defeats of the Crusaders
Book 6: Western Europe – From the Battle of Hastings to the Rise of the Longbow
21. The Armies of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
22. English Battles and Their Tactics (1100-1200)
23. English Battles and Their Tactics (1200-1272)
24. Continental Battles (1100-1278)
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