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Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World AD 500 - AD 1500

Title: Fighting Techniques of The Medieval World AD 500 - AD 1500, Equipment, Combat, Skills and Tactics

Authors: Mathew Bennett, Jim Bradbury, Kelly DeVries, Iain Dickie, Phyllis Jestice

Published: 2006

ISBN: 0 312 34820 7

Fighting Techniques of The Medieval World draws upon detailed examples of conflicts between 500 and 1500 AD, with well illustrated easy to read maps of each battle. It covers the tactics used under each of its sections of Infantry Tactics, Mounted Warfare, Command and Control, Siege Techniques, and Naval Warfare. Anyone who is interested in Medieval warfare and the changing tactics will find this a good read and source of information.

The Infantry Tactics section starts at the battle of Casilinum in 554, through to the crusades, then the success of the English during the hundred years war, and on the continent looking at the Swiss, Janissaries and Hussites. The Mounted Warfare section describes the development of the stirrup, saddle, horse breeds and couched lance, observing the impact of each upon combat. The battle of Legnano is covered showing the need of infantry support, through to the decline of cavalry in the 14th Century as the arrow and gun became effective against them. The third section is on Command and Control and examines how planning and tactics were used with examples such as feints, flanking, discipline and motivation. Among other examples the Mongols are studied in how they communicated and worked together, and also how swift decisive leadership can influence the outcome of a battle such as at Muret in 1213. Siege warfare looks at the changing weaponry available and the defensive changes made to counter these, including the development of cannon. The book covers well Naval Warfare, a topic often missed out in military texts and looks at Viking and Saxon ships, the English successes of Edward III and the Venetian and Genoese fleets.





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