Author Archives: Craig Nakashian

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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Guillaume de Machaut, The Capture of Alexandria, trans. Janet Shirley, introduction and notes by Peter Edbury (Rogers)

Janet Shirley (tr.) Guillaume de Marchaut, The Capture of Alexandia (Ashgate, 2001) 254pp.  £79.00 The Capture of Alexandria comprises a blank verse translation of Guillaume de Machaut’s La prise d’Alexandre by Janet Shirley, an informative historical introduction and notes by the … Continue reading

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Savvas Kyriakidis, Warfare in Late Byzantium, 1204-1453. (May)

Savvas Kyriakidis Warfare in Late Byzantium, 1204-1453 (Brill, 2011) 254pp.  $144.00 The capture and sacking of Constantinople in 1204 by the Fourth Crusade, the Byzantine Empire split and went into a downward spiral. Although the Empire of Nicea (one of … Continue reading

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Noel Fallows, Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia (Muhlberger)

Noel Fallows Jousting in Medieval and Renaissance Iberia (Boydell & Brewer, 2011) 574pp.  $99.00 This substantial study might almost be called “The Encyclopedia of Iberian Jousting.”  It brings together a wide variety of evidence – textual, artistic and material – … Continue reading

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Jared Kirby (ed.), Italian Rapier Combat: Capo Ferro’s ‘Gran Simalcro’ (Hester)

Jared Kirby (ed.) Italian Rapier Combat: Capo Ferro’s ‘Gran Simalcro’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) 192pp.  $65.00 Slowly but surely the works of the great masters of swordplay are being translated into English for the benefit of a much wider readership. We … 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 and Sword Military, 2011) 188pp.  $39.95 If one were to create a list of the most researched periods in Roman history, the Year of the Four Emperors would receive … Continue reading

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Helen Nicholson and David Nicolle, God’s Warriors: Crusaders, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem (Klarner)

Helen Nicholson and David Nicolle God’s Warriors: Crusaders, Saracens and the Battle for Jerusalem (Osprey Publishing, 2005) 224pp.  $29.99 Helen Nicholson and David Nicolle have not written an introductory text.  The book is not large, but packs information into almost … Continue reading

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Chris Peers, Offa and the Mercian Wars: The Rise and Fall of the First Great English Kingdom (Wallace)

Chris Peers Offa and the Mercian Wars: The Rise and Fall of the First Great English Kingdom (Pen and Sword, 2012) 198pp.  $39.99 Chris Peers in Offa and the Mercian Wars writes an excellent popular military history of the medieval … Continue reading

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David Nicolle, The Fourth Crusade 1202-04: The Betrayal of Byzantium (Allen)

David Nicolle The Fourth Crusade 1202-04: The Betrayal of Byzantium (Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2011) 96pp.  $19.95.  ISBN 9781849083195  The eleventh and twelfth century European Crusades to the Near East has been an increasingly discussed controversial topic, both among Historians as … Continue reading

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Carruthers, ed., The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Illustrated and Annotated (Allen)

Bob Carruthers The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: Illustrated and Annotated (Pen & Sword Books Ltd.: Barnsley, 2013) 372pp.  $24.95.  ISBN 9781781591482  Arguably the most important single work to our understanding of the Anglo-Saxon period of English history is The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Without … Continue reading

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Waterson, Defending Heaven: China’s Mongol Wars 1209-1370 (May)

James Waterson Defending Heaven: China’s Mongol Wars 1209-1370 (Frontline Books: 2013) XXXIV and 236 pp.  $31.59 Defending Heaven is James Waterson’s fourth book. Whereas the Mongols have made cameo appearances in his previous works, they take stage front and center … Continue reading

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Waterson, Defending Heaven: China’s Mongol Wars 1209-1370 (Claussen)

James Waterson Defending Heaven: China’s Mongol Wars 1209-1370 (Frontline Books: 2013) XXXIV and 236 pp.  $31.59 The Mongol conquest of China serves as a clear break in Chinese history, helping to determine the character of China’s final two imperial dynasties, … Continue reading

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Karatolios, Greek Fire and its contribution to Byzantine might (McMahon)

Konstantinos Karatolios (trans. by Leonard G. Meachim) Greek Fire and its contribution to Byzantine might (Lulu: 2014) 40pp.  $3.03. In the last years there have been an increasing number of works about medieval naval warfare that try to fill a … Continue reading

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John Hosler, John of Salisbury: Military Authority of the Twelfth-Century Renaissance (Nakashian)

John Hosler John of Salisbury: Military Authority of the Twelfth-Century Renaissance (Brill, 2013) 227pp.  $133.00.    In John of Salisbury: Military Authority of the Twelfth-Century Renaissance John Hosler seeks to raise Salisbury’s profile among historians of the High Middle Ages, … Continue reading

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