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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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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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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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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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The fortunes of war: the military career of John, second lord Bourchier (d.1400)

The fortunes of war: the military career of John, second lord Bourchier (d.1400) Michael Jones Essex Archaeology and History: v.26 (1995) ‘And yet time hath his revolution; there must be a period and an end to all temporal things, finis rerun, an … Continue reading

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The Mongol Siege of Xiangyang and Fan-ch’eng and the Song military

The Mongol Siege of Xiangyang and Fan-ch’eng and the Song military Chris Hanson DeRe Militari (2004) The Siege of Xiangyang and Fan-ch’eng was one of the longest sieges of the medieval world lasting almost 5 years, from 1268 until early … Continue reading

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The Campaign against the Scots in Munster, 1317

The Campaign against the Scots in Munster, 1317 Irish Historical Studies: v. 24 (1984-85) Abstract The document printed below has been preserved, somewhat unexpectedly, among the series of Ministers’ Accounts in the Public Record Office, London. it is the account … Continue reading

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Anna Comnena, the Alexiad and the First Crusade

Anna Comnena, the Alexiad and the First Crusade John France  Reading Medieval Studies: v.10 (1984) Abstract By her own account Anna Comnena began to write the Alexiad shortly after the death of her husband, Nicephoros Bryennios, in 1137. He had … Continue reading

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Charles the Bald and the small free farmers, 862-869

Charles the Bald and the small free farmers, 862-869 Carroll Gillmor Military aspects of Scandinavian society in a European perspective, AD 1-1300, May (1996) In response to the Viking invasions, Charles the Bald in 862 ordered the construction of a … Continue reading

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Horses and Crossbows: Two Important Warfare Advantages of the Teutonic Order in Prussia

Horses and Crossbows: Two Important Warfare Advantages of the Teutonic Order in Prussia Sven Ekdahl The Military Orders, Volume 2: Welfare and Warfare (1998) The thirteenth-century conquest of Livonia and Prussia by the Order of the Swordbrothers and its successor, … Continue reading

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The Trebuchet

The Trebuchet Paul E. Chevedden, Les Eigenbrod, Vernard Foley and Werner Soedel Scientific American (July 1995) Abstract Centuries before the development of e›ective cannons, huge artillery pieces were demolishing castle walls with projectiles the weight of an upright piano. The … Continue reading

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