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Renaissance France at war : armies, culture and society, c.1480-1560

Author: David Potter
Publisher: Woodbridge : Boydell Press, 2008.
Series: Warfare in history
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The 'other' Renaissance experienced by France was that of war. In Italy from 1494 to 1529, for instance, France was involved in at least a hundred battles, some of them 'battles of giants' like Marignano. After 1530, though the emphasis partly shifted away from Italy and major battles were replaced by complex sieges and wars of manoeuvre, the presence of war was universal. In the 'Habsburg Valois' wars that began  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Potter
ISBN: 9781843834052 1843834057
OCLC Number: 1062188178
Description: xvii, 405 pages, [87] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: France and its wars, 1494-1559 --
'One world is not enough' : kings, ministers and decisions on policy and strategy in Renaissance France --
The high command, planning and the army as a whole --
Cavalry and the nobility at war --
The birth of the French infantry --
Foreign mercenaries in the service of the king of France --
The artillery revolution, fortifications and siege warfare --
The field of battle --
'The sinews of war' : military administration and finance --
The impact of war : supply, garrisons, logistics and the problem of disorder --
War, propaganda, history and public opinion --
War and Renaissance culture : music and the visual arts --
War, Renaissance culture and the literary world --
Conclusion: 'Until it fill the whole world?'
Series Title: Warfare in history
Responsibility: David Potter.

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The rulers of Renaissance France regarded war as hugely important. This book shows why, looking at all aspects of warfare from strategy to its reception, depiction and promotion.  Read more...

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