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The art of warfare in Western Europe during the Middle Ages : from the eighth century to 1340

Author: J F Verbruggen
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY, USA : Boydell Press, 1997.
Series: Warfare in history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd ed., rev. and enlView all editions and formats

A translation and revision of a work first published in Dutch in 1954 which provides an examination of medieval warfare in Western Europe. It begins with an assessment of the reliability of sources  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J F Verbruggen
ISBN: 0851156304 9780851156309
OCLC Number: 35212791
Language Note: Tanslated from the Dutch.
Notes: Rev. and enl. English translated ed. of: De krijgskunst in West-Europa in de Middeleeuwen, IXe tot begin XIVe eeuw published in 1954.
Description: x, 388 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part 1 Historiographical problems: weaknesses of modern military historians in discussing medieval warfare; the strength of medieval armies; the combat; limitations of the clerical sources; secular and other reliable sources; the importance of the vernacular; changes in tactics revealed by lesser-known sources; generalizations from detailed accounts; accounts of battles by eye-witnesses. Part 2 The knights: the knight and his equipment; the "scara"; the Marchfield and the Mayfield; the knight's training; collective training - private wars; collective training - tournaments; the psychology of knights on the battlefield; mass flight and panic; fear in knights facing foot-soldiers; self-interest and profits of war; the able commander; sense of honour and duty; rough manners and knightly customs; faith and religious conviction; the arming of knights and its influence; solidarity in the knightly families and clans, and a lord's retinue; tactical units in knightly warfare; discipline in camp and on the march; battle discipline; orders by trumpets and banners; commands and evolutions - a comparison with Byzantium; the tactical significance of the standard; the re-grouping of units and the manoeuvre of feigned flight; the importance of order within the formation; tactical aims; protection of the flanks; the place of the commanders in battle; the knights fighting on foot; the course of a battle. Part 3 The foot-soldiers; the foot-soldiers and their remarkable development in the 14th century; historical survey; the numerical strength of the foot-soldiers; the equipment of the foot-soldiers; solidarity or cohesion of the foot-soldiers; the battle psychology of the foot-soldiers; the tactics of the foot-soldiers; the Battle of Courtai, llth July 1302; the Battle of Arques, 4th April 1303; the Battle of Mons-en-Pevele, 18th August 1304. Part 4 General tactics: choice and exploitation of terrain; the march into battle; battle order; co-operation of cavalry and foot-soldiers in battle; the position of the supreme commander and the reserve corps; retreat and flight from the field of battle; the Battle of the Lake of Antioch, 9th February 1098; the sortie and the Battle of Antioch, 28th June 1098; the Battle of Thielt, 21st June 1128; the Battle of Arsuf, 7th September 1191; the Battle of Bouvines, 27th July 1214; the Battle of Worringen, 5th June 1288. Part 5 Strategy: the knowledge of strategy; plans for wars; offensive strategy; defensive strategy; the influence of the church on methods of warfare.
Series Title: Warfare in history.
Other Titles: Krijgskunst in West-Europa in de Middeleeuwen.
Responsibility: J.F. Verbruggen ; translated by Sumner Willard and Mrs. R.W. Southern.


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