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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (24 Nov 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850455189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850455182
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Armies of Medieval Burgundy 1364-1477 deals with the military organisation of Burgundy under the Valois dukes, who reigned between the two dates of the title. The book is particularly aimed at students of costume and military equipment of this period. Although it is largely derived from secondary sources, I also used a few primary sources, particularly the ordinances of Charles the Bold, and the ducal accounting records. Since I live in Geneva, it was easy for me to visit "old" Burgundy, and I spent many enjoyable hours trying to reconstruct the siege of Vellexon, which is mentioned in the book. This sort of research is not feasible for professional students since it is of such minor interest: it is the sort of project carried out by people such as local historians, who have a purely amateur or personal interest - which to my mind makes it all the more enthalling.

Gerry Embleton is perhaps the foremost illustrator of historical costume. The colour plates were constructed with very great care, and contain details that are probably evident only to the authors! For instance, the plate depicting the siege of Vellexon has the ground littered with Autumn leaves, since the event occurred at that time of the year. The clerk who is taking an inventory is wearing a pair of spectacles that were current at this time. In the last plate, depicting looting soldiers, all the figures are wearing the red Saint Andrew cross of Burgundy, but on one figure you can just make out the traces of a rectangular cross, showing that the soldier had formerly fought in the English armies. It is a rule of ours that any item in an illustration should be verifiable in a primary source, and it is really great fun to construct scenes under these conditions. By the way, the portly figure in the tournament plate is a self-portrait of Gerry!


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This book deals with the organisation and functioning of the Burgundian armies under the Valois Dukes of Burgundy:Philip the Bold (1342-1404; reigned 1364-1404) John the Fearless (1371-1419; reigned 1404-1419) Philip the Good (1396-1467; reigned 1419-1467) Charles the Bold (1433-1477; reigned 1467-1477) They are known as the Valois Dukes because Philip the Bold, the first duke, was the son of King John the Good of France, of the House of Valois, in the same sense that the English ruling house at the time was Plantagenet. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fortuna on 27 Nov 2014
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The perfect gift for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
Another good offering from Osprey and a great narrative from Nicholas Michael. Considering the booklet only weighs in at 64 pages Michael packs in an enormous amount of information. This excellent study is backed up sumptuously with the magnificent artwork of
Gerry Embleton
This study will appeal to a wide audience: armchair historians,wargamers, modelers etc. Highly recommended.
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Not as comprehensive as the Freezeywater book on "The Burgundian Army of Charles the Bold" but fills in a few gaps and the plates are nice.
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Armies of Medieval Burgundy 4 Feb 2008
By K. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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In the mid 14th Century, the Duchy of Burgundy was brought to an end. Shortly after, the French King Jean the Good was defeated by the English. His son Philip led further opposition to the English, and in reward is father made him the new Duke of Burgundy. This men-at-arms title overviews all aspects of the military of this Duchy, from Philip's appointment in 1364 to the fall of the Duchy under Charles the Bold in 1477.

The book is well-written and offers full coverage of the topic. Recruitment, pay, organization, food, numbers, and medical support of the Burgundian soldiers are all examined, as are the large number of mercenary contingents that served in the Army. Page 8 includes a fascinating graph with the exact numbers of every troop type in the Burgundian Army in 1417.

The reforms of Charles the Bold's Army at the end of this period are discussed in detail. An overlooked topic that recieves a lot of attention in this title is late medieval artillery. After this tactics and the experiences of the field armies are described, and then the personal arms and armor of the soldiers, particularly the crossbows and longbows of the infantry.

In my opinion, this is the best artwork that Gerry Embleton has done for Osprey. Though not an equal of Angus McBride, his plates are colorful and detailed and give a good picture of the clothing and armor of these men, along with the artillery and the flags.

In short this is a fine Osprey title on a military power of late medieval Europe, and the men that fought to protect its interests for over a hundred years.
Review of Armies of Medieval Burgundy 30 Aug 2013
By Charles Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
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A beautifully illustrated and well written and well
researched study of the armies of the long gone
state of the Duchy of Burgundy.
mehr davon 6 Sep 2010
By El viejo lobo - Published on Amazon.com
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Ich wünschte, die Osprey-Hefte hätten mehr Seiten. Die meisten von ihnen gehören zu den besten Arbeiten zur Militärgeschichte. Nicht alle, das ist nun mal so, aber doch der überwiegende Teil. Manchmal gibt es historische Ungenauigkeiten, aber es gibt selten Fehler. Dieses Heft zum Thema Burgund darf sich seiner fünf Sterne rechtens erfreuen.
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