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By sword and fire : cruelty and atrocity in medieval warfare

Author: Sean McGlynn
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sean McGlynn investigates the reality of medieval warfare. For all the talk of chivalry, medieval warfare routinely involved acts which we would consider war crimes today. This is a 'warts and all' portrait of war in the Middle Ages that combines vivid narrative with explanation and analysis.
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean McGlynn
ISBN: 9780297846789 0297846787
OCLC Number: 173498828
Description: xvii, 296 pages, [8] pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Violence. Introduction. Crime and punishment --
War. The king as judge and executioner. The king as warrior. The Church and just war. Chivalry and the laws of war --
Battles. Battles in medieval warfare. Massacres of prisoners. Conclusions --
Sieges. Sieges in medieval warfare. Storm, sack and non-combatants. Conclusions --
Campaigns. Campaigns in medieval warfare. Ravaging. Conclusions --
Medieval savagery?
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'Sean McGlynn's excellent book examines the reason for [the] barbarity and reaches the same conclusion as [McNab] did during [his] time as a PoW in the first Iraq war...Unlike many books on warfare, Read more...

 
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