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Prestwich, Michael

Works: 77 works in 312 publications in 4 languages and 11,368 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Biography  Guidebooks  Sources  Conference proceedings  Genealogy 
Roles: Author, Editor, i, Author of introduction, Creator, Other
Classifications: DA229, 355.309420902
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Most widely held works by Michael Prestwich
Armies and warfare in the Middle Ages the English experience by Michael Prestwich( )
15 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 2,372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Medieval warfare was hard, gruelling and often unrewarding. While military life in this era is sometimes pictured in terms of knights resplendent in armour and bearing colorful standards and coats of arms, the reality more often consisted of men struggling against cold, damp and hunger, pressing elusive foes who refused to do battle. In this fascinating book, Michael Prestwich re-creates the real experience of medieval warfare, examining how men of all ranks of society were recruited, how troops were fed, supplied, and deployed, the development of new weapons, and the structures of military command. Michael Prestwich challenges many common assumptions about medieval warfare. He shows that medieval commanders were capable of far more sophisticated strategy than is usually assumed: spies were an important part of the machinery of war, and the destruction of crops and burning of villages were part of a deliberate plan to force a foe to negotiate, rather than an indication of lack of discipline. Sieges, often lengthy and expensive, were more prevalent than physical battles. And in actual engagement the mounted knight was never as dominant as is often supposed: even in the twelfth century, many battles were won by unmounted men. Medieval warfare was not, on the whole, any more chivalric than warfare of other periods, although there were many instances of individual heroism, particularly during the Hundred Years War, that brought glory and renown to those who performed them
Plantagenet England, 1225-1360 by Michael Prestwich( )
19 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"England of the Plantagenet kings was a turbulent place. In politics it saw Simon de Montfort's challenge to the crown in Henry III's reign and it witnessed the deposition of Edward II. By contrast, and as relief, it also experienced the highly successful rules of Edward I and his grandson, Edward III. Political institutions were transformed with the development of parliament, and war, the stimulus for some of that change, was never far away. Wales was conquered and the Scottish Wars of Independence started in Edward I's reign, while Crecy and Poitiers were English triumphs under Edward III." "Beyond politics, the structure of English society was developing, from the great magnates at the top to the peasantry at the bottom. Economic changes were also significant, from the expansionary period of the thirteenth century to years of difficulty in the fourteenth, culminating in the greatest demographic disaster of historical times, the Black Death." "Embracing politics and government, kingship, the structure of society, France, Scotland, and Wales, as well as areas such as the environment, the management of the land, crime and punishment, Michael Prestwich's survey casts the Plantagenet past in a new and revealing light."--BOOK JACKET
The three Edwards : war and state in England, 1272-1377 by Michael Prestwich( Book )
47 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Providing an overview to this eventful period of history, this book analyses the three kings of very different qualities and reputations
Edward I by Michael Prestwich( Book )
28 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Michael Prestwich's study of Edward I, first published in 1988 and now reissued with a new introduction and updated bibliographic guide, is the definitive full-length account of one of the leading monarchs of the Middle Ages." "A king who pioneered legal and parliamentary change, conquered Wales and came close to conquering Scotland, Edward I presents many contradictions. A pious man who built his reputation during the greatest chivalric adventure of the time, the Crusade, he quarrelled with his archbishops. A major player in European diplomacy and war, he acted as peacemaker during the 1280s but became involved in a bitter war with Philip IV a decade later."--BOOK JACKET
Castles : a history and guide by R. Allen Brown( Book )
10 editions published between 1980 and 1985 in English and held by 1,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the development and function of the castle from the ninth century through the fifteenth century
War, politics, and finance under Edward I by Michael Prestwich( Book )
11 editions published between 1972 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documents illustrating the crisis of 1297-98 in England by Michael Prestwich( Book )
12 editions published in 1980 in 3 languages and held by 455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
English politics in the thirteenth century by Michael Prestwich( Book )
13 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Anglo-Norman Durham : 1093-1193 ( Book )
7 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The place of war in English history, 1066-1214 by J. O Prestwich( Book )
5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The interaction of war and the state in the Anglo-Norman period was for the historian J. O. Prestwich a lifetime's study. This book pulls together his ideas on the way that war was conducted, both by land and sea, and the ways in which it affected government and the economy." "Prestwich was particularly concerned with the ways in which armed forces were raised, maintained, supplied, disciplined and transported, and the studies printed here, based on his Ford Lectures, consider the relations between war and diplomacy, propaganda and morale, military intelligence, and economic warfare." "The discussion ranges widely over such issues as the purpose of Domesday Book, the English contribution to the Lisbon crusade, and the antecedents of Magna Carta. Appendices focus on feudalism and its influence and the composition of Anglo-Norman armies."--BOOK JACKET
Knight : the medieval warrior's (unofficial) manual by Michael Prestwich( Book )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An insider's guide: how to become a knight, wield a sword, join a Crusade, and make your fortune
The Battle of Crécy, 1346 by Andrew Ayton( Book )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First large-scale study of Crécy and its context, bringing out its full significance in English and French history"--Provided by publisher
Liberties and identities in the medieval British Isles by Michael Prestwich( Book )
7 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In-depth examinations of the role played by liberties across the British Isles
Parliament & community : papers read before the Irish Conference of Historians, Dublin 27-30 May 1981 by Irish Conference of Historians( Book )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Medieval people : vivid lives in a distant landscape : from Charlemagne to Piero della Francesca by Michael Prestwich( Book )
3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thirteenth century England X proceedings of the Durham Conference 2003 by Thirteenth Century Conference( Book )
8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Aspects of the political, social, cultural, economic and ecclesiastical history of medieval England re-examined
York civic ordinances, 1301 by York (England)( Book )
3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thirteenth century England VII : proceedings of the Durham conference 1997 by Michael Prestwich( Book )
9 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thirteenth century England VI : proceedings of the Durham conference 1995 ( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ritter Der ultimative Karriereführer by Michael Prestwich( )
7 editions published in 2011 in German and Undetermined and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hauptbeschreibung?Großartigerweise ist dieses Werk, verfasst durch einen verdienten Professor für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, nicht nur interessant, sondern auch akkurat; es enthält relevante Schnipsel zeitgenössischer Quellen und unzählige Abbildungen. Prestwich gelingt der Zaubertrick, das Gewöhnliche faszinierend zu machen. So schmuggelt er etwa Details zu Essen, Sold, Rekrutierung, ärztlichen Eingriffen und Logistik ein, wodurch er Einblick in die praktische und schnöde Kehrseite des Rittertums bietet? die lebenslangen Söldnerkarrieren jener Zeit oder die Riesenentschädigung
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Alternative Names
Prestwich, M.
Prestwich, Michael Charles 1943-
English (206)
German (6)
Latin (2)
Italian (1)