Author Archives: Craig Nakashian

Craig M Nakashian, Warrior Churchmen of Medieval England, 1000-1250: Theory and Reality (Lincoln)

Craig M Nakashian Warrior Churchmen of Medieval England, 1000-1250 (Boydell & Brewer, 2016) 304 pp. $99.00 There has been a considerable increase in scholarship investigating the application of legal and canon legal norms in recent years and its impact on larger … Continue reading

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Martin Aurell, The Lettered Knight: Knowledge and Aristocratic Behaviour in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries, tr. Jean-Charles Khalifa and Jeremy Price (Million)

Martin Aurell The Lettered Knight: Knowledge and Aristocratic Behaviour in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries (Central European University Press, 2017) 468 pp. $70 In the past two decades, scholars of chivalry have placed the study of imaginative literature (e.g., romances, … Continue reading

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Prowess, Piety, and Public Order in Medieval Society: Studies in Honor of Richard W. Kaeuper, eds. Nakashian and Franke (Muhlberger)

Craig M Nakashian and Daniel P Franke (eds.) Prowess, Piety, and Public Order in Medieval Society: Studies in Honor of Richard W. Kaeuper (Brill, 2017) 436 pp. $114.00/€99,00 This festschrift celebrating the scholarly and professional career of Richard Kaeuper of the … Continue reading

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Richard Wadge, Verneuil, The Second Agincourt 1424: The Battle of the Three Kingdoms (Brian Ditcham)

Richard Wadge Verneuil, The Second Agincourt 1424: The Battle of the Three Kingdoms (The History Press, 2015) 256 pp. £20.00 Looking back in the 1460’s over a military career lasting some forty years, the Burgundian knight and chronicler Jean de … Continue reading

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The Fifth Crusade in Context The Crusading Movement in the Early Thirteenth Century, eds. Mylod, Perry, Smith, and Vandeburie (Phillips)

E.J. Mylod, Guy Perry, Thomas W. Smith, Jan Vandeburie (eds.) The Fifth Crusade in Context The Crusading Movement in the Early Thirteenth Century (Routledge, 2017) 240 pp. $149.95/£110. 2017 marks the 800th anniversary of the year that the first contingents of … Continue reading

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Bernard S. Bachrach and David S. Bachrach, Warfare in Medieval Europe c. 400-c.1453 (Titterton)

Bernard S. Bachrach and David S. Bachrach Warfare in Medieval Europe c. 400-c.1453 (Routledge, 2017) 410 pp. hb- $150.00, pb- $44.95 With television shows such as Game of Thrones and a host of video games testifying to the enduring appeal … Continue reading

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Desperta Ferro Antigua y Medieval n.º32: La Guerra de los Cien Años (Albright)

Desperta Ferro Antigua y Medieval n.º32: La Guerra de los Cien Años (I) (Desperta Ferro Ediciones, 2016) 7€ For understandable reasons, the Hundred Years’ War is a particularly noteworthy subject within English and French language historiography concerning the late Middle … Continue reading

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Thom Richardson, The Tower Armoury in the Fourteenth Century (Fissel)

Thom Richardson The Tower Armoury in the Fourteenth Century (Royal Armouries, 2016) 254 pp. £40.00 Thom Richardson, who retired after a thirty-year career with the Royal Armouries which culminated in his service as Deputy Master, succeeds in writing a solidly … Continue reading

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Andrew D. Buck, The Principality of Antioch and its Frontiers in the Twelfth Century (Albright)

Andrew D. Buck The Principality of Antioch and its Frontiers in the Twelfth Century (Boydell, 2017) 296 pp. $99.00 The Principality of Antioch was one of the more obscure Crusader states and it has received comparatively less attention than, for … Continue reading

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Daniel M.G. Gerrard, The Church at War: The Military Activities of Bishops, Abbots and Other Clergy in England (Bachrach)

Daniel M.G. Gerrard The Church at War: The Military Activities of Bishops, Abbots and Other Clergy in England, c. 900-1200 (Routledge, 2016) pp. xiv and 320, $149.95 The problem of the involvement of clerics in war exercised ecclesiastical authorities as … Continue reading

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Craig M Nakashian, Warrior Churchmen of Medieval England, 1000-1250 (Duggan)

Craig M Nakashian Warrior Churchmen of Medieval England, 1000-1250 (Boydell & Brewer, 2016) 304 pp. $99.00 As with the Crusades, studies of the clergy and violence in the Middle Ages seem to be booming these days, and this is an interesting … Continue reading

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Craig Taylor and Jane Taylor (trs.), The Chivalric Biography of Boucicaut (Albright)

Craig Taylor and Jane H.M. Taylor, tr. The Chivalric Biography of Boucicaut, Jean II Le Meingre (Boydell, 2016) 244 pp. $99.00 Fair-minded English-language readers interested in the Hundred Years’ War may often have cause to lament the fact that there are … Continue reading

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Environment, Society, and the Black Death, ed. by Per Lagerås (Albright)

Per Lagerås, ed. Environment, Society, and the Black Death (Casemate, 2016) 208 pp. £36.00 The subtitle of this book promises an interdisciplinary approach to the late-medieval crisis in Sweden that resulted from the outbreak of the black death, and it delivers … Continue reading

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Hospitaller Piety and Crusader Propaganda, eds. Theresa M. Vann and Donald J. Kagay (Albright)

Theresa M. Vann and Donald J. Kagay, eds. Hospitaller Piety and Crusader Propaganda (Routledge, 2015) 393 pp. $139.95 Admittedly, I did not know exactly what I was reading when I requested this book. From the title alone, I expected a scholarly … Continue reading

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Baronial Reform and Revolution in England, 1258-1267, ed. Adrian Jobson (Albright)

Adrian Jobson, ed. Baronial Reform and Revolution in England, 1258-1267 (Boydell & Brewer, 2016) 284 pp. $99.00 For many people who study English history, it is thought that the importance of the burgesses in the English parliament goes back to the … Continue reading

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Steven Muhlberger, Charny’s Men-at-Arms: Questions Concerning The Joust, Tournaments and War (Hass)

Steven Muhlberger Charny’s Men-at-Arms: Questions Concerning The Joust, Tournaments and War (Freelance, 2014) 111 pp. $25.00 Written around 1350, Geoffrey de Charny’s Questions Concerning the Joust, Tournaments and War (Les demandes pour la joute, les tournois et la guerre) consists of … Continue reading

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Iain A. MacInnes, Scotland’s Second War of Independence (Ditcham)

Iain A. MacInnes Scotland’s Second War of Independence (Boydell & Brewer, 2016) 275 pp. $99.00/£60.00 The Second Scottish War of Independence has long been something of a historical stepchild. In English historiography it tends to be remembered, if at all, as … Continue reading

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Alfred H. Burne, The Crecy War: A Military History Of The Hundred Years War From 1337 to the Peace of Bretigny in 1360 (Albright)

Alfred H. Burne The Crecy War: A Military History Of The Hundred Years War From 1337 to the Peace of Bretigny in 1360 (Pen & Sword, 1955; Reissue 2016) 366 pp. £12.99 This book, written shortly after World War II, forms … Continue reading

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Nicholas A. Gribit, Henry of Lancaster’s Expedition To Aquitaine, 1345-1346 (Albright)

Nicholas A. Gribit Henry of Lancaster’s Expedition To Aquitaine, 1345-1346 (Boydell, 2016) 373 pp. $99.99 For most students of the Hundred Years’ War, thoughts of campaigns and battles leads to pondering about Crècy, Agincourt, or perhaps Poitiers. Yet this book-length treatment … Continue reading

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The Crusades and Visual Culture eds. Elizabeth Lapina, April Jehan Morris, Susanna A. Throop, and Laura J. Whatley (Ilko)

Elizabeth Lapina, April Jehan Morris, Susanna A. Throop, and Laura J. Whatley (eds) The Crusades and Visual Culture (Ashgate, 2015) 286 pp. $109.95 Contrary to the ample scholarship on the political, military, and diplomatic aspects of the crusades, the research on … Continue reading

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Conor Whately, Battles and Generals: Combat, Culture, and Didacticism in Procopius’ Wars (McMahon)

Conor Whately Battles and Generals: Combat, Culture, and Didacticism in Procopius’ Wars (Brill, 2015) 292 pp. $149.99 Conor Whately’s Battles and Generals: Combat, Culture, and Didacticism in Procopius’ Wars is an important book for the study of late antique historiography and … Continue reading

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Phillip Matyszak, Imperial General: The Remarkable Career of Petellius Cerialis (Roberts)

Phillip Matyszak Imperial General: The Remarkable Career of Petellius Cerialis (Pen & Sword, 2011) 188 pp. £19.99 If one were to create a list of the most researched periods in Roman history, the Year of the Four Emperors would receive hardly … Continue reading

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Gareth C. Sampson, Rome Spreads Her Wings: Territorial Expansion Between the Punic Wars (Albright)

Gareth C. Sampson Rome Spreads Her Wings: Territorial Expansion Between the Punic Wars (Pen & Sword, 2016) 278 pp. £25.00 Turning his attention a few centuries before the material for his previous book on the defeat of Rome against Persia at … Continue reading

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Sara Cockerill, Eleanor of Castile: The Shadow Queen (Claussen)

Sara Cockerill Eleanor of Castile: The Shadow Queen (Amberley, 2015) 414 pp. £14.99 Medieval queens consort are typically presented, even in medieval chronicles as supporting figures in the greater narratives focusing on their husbands, sons, and fathers. Eleanor of Castile, the … Continue reading

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Guilhem Pépin, Françoise Lainé and Frédéric Boutoulle (eds), Routiers et Mercenaires Pendant la Guerre de Cent Ans; Hommage à Jonathan Sumption (Ditcham)

Guilhem Pépin, Françoise Lainé and Frédéric Boutoulle (eds), Routiers et Mercenaires Pendant la Guerre de Cent Ans; Hommage à Jonathan Sumption (Ausonius, Bordeaux, 2016) 357 pp. €25.00 The Anglophone historiography of the Hundred Years War once focused primarily on the great … Continue reading

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Mike Carr, Merchant Crusaders in the Aegean, 1291-1352 (Fissel)

Mike Carr, Merchant Crusaders in the Aegean, 1291-1352 (Boydell, 2015) 214 pp. $99.00 Mike Carr has written a monograph designed to “cut across the sub-genres of economic and crusading history” (p 6). He qualifies and corrects common assumptions about the conduct … Continue reading

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Scott Lomax, Nottingham: The Buried Past Of A Historic City Revealed (Albright)

Scott Lomax, Nottingham: The Buried Past Of A Historic City Revealed (Pen & Sword Archaeology, 2013) 176 pp. $24.95 In reading this book, it quickly becomes clear how important it is that the author himself has been involved with the … Continue reading

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Beyond the Gates of Fire: New Perspectives on the Battle of Thermopylae, eds. Christopher Matthew and Matthew Trundle (Albright)

Christopher Matthew and Matthew Trundle, eds. Beyond the Gates of Fire: New Perspectives on the Battle of Thermopylae (Pen & Sword, 2013) 228 pp. $22.11 Seeking to capitalize on the contemporary appeal of movies like 300 and the general reputation … Continue reading

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Muhlberger, Royal Jousts at the End of the Fourteenth Century & The Combat of the Thirty (Sposato)

Royal Jousts at the End of the Fourteenth Century, Deeds of Arms Series 1 The Combat of the Thirty, Deeds of Arms Series 2 ed. and trans. by Steven Muhlberger (Freelance Academy Press, 2012) I- viii, 88 pp., $24.95; II- … Continue reading

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Michael Livingston and Kelly DeVries, eds, The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook (Smith)

Michael Livingston and Kelly DeVries, eds. The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook (Liverpool University Press, 2015) 524 + xiv pp. £75 / $120 (hardcover), £25 / $39.95 (paperback) Nothing quite encapsulates for us the seemingly pervasive wars of the later … Continue reading

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Richard Kaeuper, Kings, Knights and Bankers: The collected articles of Richard W. Kaeuper, ed. by Christopher Guyol (Muhlberger)

Richard W. Kaeuper Kings, Knights and Bankers: The collected articles of Richard W. Kaeuper, ed. by Christopher Guyol (Brill, 2016) xv + 392 pp. $172 Kings, Knights and Bankers collects a substantial amount of material from the scholarship of Richard … Continue reading

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Hussein Fancy, The Mercenary Mediterranean: Sovereignty, Religion and Violence in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (Brian Ditcham)

Hussein Fancy The Mercenary Mediterranean: Sovereignty, Religion and Violence in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (University of Chicago Press, 2016) xv + 310 pp. $40.00/£ 26.00 In 1284 King Pere II of Aragon faced a major crisis. His attempts to … Continue reading

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Toni Mount, Dragon’s Blood & Willow Bark: The Mysteries of Medieval Medicine (Albright)

Toni Mount Dragon’s Blood & Willow Bark: The Mysteries of Medieval Medicine (Amberley, 2014) 304pp.  $34.95 The author of this entertaining and somewhat gossipy book about medieval medicine explains her purpose for writing the book towards the end of this … Continue reading

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Timothy Venning, An Alternative History of Britain: The English Civil War (Jasmin Ditcham)

Timothy Venning An Alternative History of Britain: The English Civil War (Pen & Sword, 2015) 285pp.  $39.95 The value of the ‘what if’ school of historical research is still much debated among historians and Timothy Venning’s volume belongs firmly in … Continue reading

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Sue Parrill and William B. Robison, The Tudors on Film and Television (Albright)

Sue Parrill and William B. Robison The Tudors on Film and Television (McFarland, 2013) 352pp.  $75.00 A dense and challenging read, this book provides a focused and intense analysis of representations of Tudors in film and television that demonstrates a … Continue reading

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Adam Chapman, Welsh Soldiers in the Later Middle Ages 1282-1422 (Ditcham)

Adam Chapman Welsh Soldiers in the Later Middle Ages 1282-1422 (Boydell, 2015) 264pp.  $95 From the time of William Shakespeare onwards, the English armies of the Hundred Years War have generated many legends and half-truths (particularly relating to the periods … Continue reading

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Eduardo de Mesa, The Irish in the Spanish Armies in the Seventeenth Century (Fissel)

Eduardo de Mesa The Irish in the Spanish Armies in the Seventeenth Century (Boydell, 2014) 260pp.  $120 Eduardo de Mesa’s tome on Irish soldiers that served in Habsburg Spain’s armies succeeds on at least five levels. First, it establishes a … Continue reading

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John France, Warfare, Crusade and Conquest in the Middle Ages (Rodriguez)

John France Warfare, Crusade and Conquest in the Middle Ages (Ashgate: Variorum Collected Studies Series, 2015) 374pp.  $165 Everybody knows the Variorum series by Ashgate, a series of books that puts together some of the best articles of well-known historians. … Continue reading

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Michael N. Salda, Arthurian Animation: A Study Of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television (Albright)

Michael N. Salda Arthurian Animation: A Study Of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television (McFarland, 2013) 220pp.  $45.00 After spending about two-hundred pages discussing (in often exhaustive fashion) around 170 different animated representations of the Arthurian myth cycle from around … Continue reading

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Richard Kirwan and Sophie Mullins (eds), Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World (Ditcham)

Richard Kirwan and Sophie Mullins (eds) Specialist Markets in the Early Modern Book World (Brill, 2015) 414 pp.  $188.00 The world of early modern printing was a notably diverse milieu- in some ways as diverse as contemporary publishing, with major … Continue reading

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Rhys Morgan, The Welsh and the Shaping of Early Modern Ireland 1558-1641 (de Mesa)

Rhys Morgan The Welsh and the Shaping of Early Modern Ireland 1558-1641, Irish Historical Monographs XI (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2014) xii+ 230pp.  $120.00 Rhys Morgan’s The Welsh and the Shaping of Early Modern Ireland is a welcomed addition to the … Continue reading

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Michael Mallett, Mercenaries and their Masters: Warfare in Renaissance Italy (Albright)

Michael Mallett Mercenaries and their Masters: Warfare in Renaissance Italy (Pen & Sword, 2009) 304pp.  $39.99 Eschewing the common focus of military history books on mere biographical history, this work serves as a particularly excellent example of a book written … Continue reading

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Hunt Janin with Ursula Carson, Mercenaries in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (Fields)

Hunt Janin with Ursula Carson Mercenaries in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (Macfarland, 2013) 220pp.  $39.95 Mercenaries in Medieval and Renaissance Europe by Hunt Janin with Ursula Carson is at best a problematic book. [1] The back of the book tells … Continue reading

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Martin J. Dougherty, The Wars Of The Roses: The Conflict That Inspired Game Of Thrones (Albright)

Martin J. Dougherty The Wars of the Roses: The Conflict that Inspired Game of Thrones (Amber, 2015) 226pp.  $34.95 The subtitle of this book gives away its intent, even though there is a disclaimer pointing out that this book has … Continue reading

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Ian Stuart Kelly, Echoes of Success: Identity and the Highland Regiments (Ditcham)

Ian Stuart Kelly Echoes of Success: Identity and the Highland Regiments (Leiden: Brill, 2015) 259pp.  $142.00 Ian Stuart Kelly, Echoes of Success: Identity and the Highland Regiments, History of Warfare 104 (Brill 2015). xii + 259 pp. $142.00. Note- In … Continue reading

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Christine Shaw, Barons and Castellans: The Military Nobility of Renaissance Italy (Sposato)

Christine Shaw Barons and Castellans: The Military Nobility of Renaissance Italy (Leiden: Brill, 2015) 284pp.  $149.00 Christine Shaw’s Barons and Castellans is the first book-length English language study of the military nobility, an important but often overlooked segment of the … Continue reading

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Georgios Theotokis, The Norman Campaigns in the Balkans, 1081-1108 (Sposato)

Georgios Theotokis The Norman Campaigns in the Balkans, 1081-1108 (Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 2014) 262pp.  $99.00 Georgios Theotokis’s The Norman Campaigns in the Balkans is an ambitious study of the clash between two distinct military cultures and their concomitant institutions, … Continue reading

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James Waterson, Sacred Swords: Jihad in the Holy Land, 1097-1271 (Albright)

James Waterson Sacred Swords: Jihad in the Holy Land, 1097-1271 (London, UK: Frontline Books, 2010) 206pp.  £19.99/$39.95 In Sacred Swords, the third work by historian James Waterson dealing with the time of the Crusades from the Muslim perspective, Waterson works … Continue reading

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Gregory I. Halfond (ed.), The Medieval Way Of War: Studies in Medieval Military History in Honor of Bernard S. Bachrach (Albright)

Gregory I. Halfond (ed.) The Medieval Way Of War: Studies in Medieval Military History in Honor of Bernard S. Bachrach (Ashgate, 2015) 332pp.  $129.95 The most remarkable aspect of this book is the level of sincere and heartfelt praise the authors … Continue reading

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Christopher Matthew, A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite at War (Goodrich)

Christopher Matthew A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite at War (Pen & Sword, 2012) 336pp.  £25.00 This work is one of great importance for the understanding of the ancient Greek hoplite and his gear and overall tactics. The … Continue reading

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Timothy Venning, An Alternative History of Britain: The Hundred Years War (Krug)

Timothy Venning An Alternative History of Britain: The Hundred Years War (Pen & Sword, 2013) 256pp.  £19.99/$39.95 The title of Venning’s series, An Alternative History of Britain, may be somewhat misleading; Venning’s goal is not to create some sort of … Continue reading

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