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The Routledge Companion to Medieval Warfare

1st Edition

By Jim Bradbury


392 pages

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This comprehensive volume provides easily-accessible factual material on all major areas of warfare in the medieval west. The whole geographical area of medieval Europe, including eastern Europe, is covered, including essential elements from outside Europe such as Byzantine warfare, nomadic horde invasions and the Crusades.

Progressing chronologically, the work is presented in themed, illustrated sections, with a narrative outline offering a brief introduction to the area. Within each chronological section, Jim Bradbury presents clear and informative pieces on battles, sieges, and generals.

The author examines practical topics including:

  • castle architecture, with examinations of specific castles
  • ship building techniques
  • improvements in armour
  • specific weapons
  • developments in areas such as arms and armour, fortifications, tactics and supply.

Readable and engaging, this detailed provides students with an excellent collection of archaeological information and clear discussions of controversial issues.


'This work of reference in useful … [it] has some very useful and well-set-out material … [a] very good handbook.' - History

'In this book … [Jim Bradbury] delivers clear and concise writing, and shows a wide range of knowledge … this is a very handy reference work … [and] a positively useful addition to the collection of any university library.' - Bulletin of International Medieval Research

Table of Contents

Part 1: Generals and Leaders, A-Z Part 2: Military Events 1. Romans and Barbarians, 400-750 2. Charlemagne and the Carolingians, 750-850 3. The Vikings, Scandinavia and Northern Europe, 850-1500 4. The Anglo-Saxon Invasions and England, 450-1066 5. The Norman Conquests in Britain and Europe, 911-1154 6. The Holy Roman Empire and Central Europe, 850-1500 7. The Byzantine Empire and Eastern Europe, 400-1453 8. The Crusades, 1095-1500 9. The Capetians and the Valois, France 987-1500 10. The Angevins to the Tudors, Britain 1154-1485 11. Iberia and the Reconquista, 850-1492 12. Renaissance Italy, 1250-1525 Part 3: Military Topics 13. Arms of the Warrior 14. Armour 15. Heraldry 16. Armies 17. Castles and Seige Warfare 18. Naval Warfare 19. The Military Orders Part 4: Further Information 20. Primary Sources for the History of Medieval Warfare 21. Historians of Medieval Warfare 22. Bibliography of Secondary Sources and Further Reading 23. Aids to Study

About the Author

Jim Bradbury taught at a secondary school for ten years, before becoming a senior lecturer and head of section for history at Borough Road College, now part of Brunel University. He has written widely on medieval history, with an emphasis on military history. Previous publications include The Medieval Archer, The Medieval Siege, and The Battle of Hastings.

About the Series

Routledge Companions to History

Routledge Companions to History offer perfect reference guides to key historical events and eras, providing everything that the student or general reader needs to know.

These comprehensive guides include essential apparatus for navigating through specific topics in a clear and straightforward manner – including introductory articles, biographies and chronologies – to provide accessible and indispensable surveys crammed with vital information valuable for beginner and expert alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Military / Other
HISTORY / Medieval