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1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Medieval Warfare

ISBN 9780415413954
Published February 26, 2007 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

Providing easily accessible factual material, and covering the whole geographical area of medieval Europe, including Eastern Europe, this comprehensive volume is the perfect companion to all aspects of medieval warfare.

Setting the Companion in themed, illustrated sections, each preceded by a narrative outline offering a brief introduction, Jim Bradbury presents clear information on battles and sieges, and generals and leaders.

Practical topics examined include:

  • 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 volume provides students with an excellent collection of archaeological information and clear discussions of controversial issues.

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

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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.


'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