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Warfare in the Medieval World [Kindle Edition]

Brian Todd Carey , Joshua B. Allfree , John Cairns
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The book is a useful as an overview of the evolution of warfare over some 1200 years. -The Richardian

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"...Good coverage of Byzantine tactics and the early Middle Ages. The Mongols and the Reconquista in Spain are welcome additions to the high Middle Ages. Important chapter on the "military revolution" of the early modern era. Excellent diagrams and maps."

-Steven D. Fratt
Oxford Bibliographies

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10422 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Books (7 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VS4HC4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine follow-up to Volume 1 25 May 2006
Format:Hardcover
I have been eagerly anticipating the publication of Brian Todd Carey's WARFARE IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD and was fortunate to pick up an advanced copy in the UK. This work is a continuation of his excellent WARFARE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD, picking up where his first volume left off. MEDIEVAL WORLD begins with an exploration of Byzantine warfare, then moves on to discuss the rise of heavy cavalry in western Europe during the early and high medieval periods. He then moves on to discuss the crusades in Spain and the Holy Land, as well as the Mongol penetrations in eastern Europe and in the Near East. His book winds down with a discussion of the return of light infantry to European warfare, as well as the rise of heavy infantry like the Swiss. The book ends with a fine chapter discussing the ipact of classical authors on early modern war. Like his volume 1, this work is profusely illustrated with tactical maps and regional maps and brings the combat of the era to life. I highly recommend both of these books for any military historians library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Second Volume!! 21 May 2006
Format:Hardcover
I just completed Professor Carey's follow up to his Warfare in the Ancient World. Entitled Warfare in the Medieval World, this second volume continues with a discussion of the tactical relationships between infantry and cavalry on the battlefields of Europe and the Near East. This work begins where his volume one ended, with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the rise of Byzantium. Here, the author tackles the evolution of Byzantine warfare, then moves on to discuss the rise and dominance of heavy cavalry in western European warfare during the early and high medieval period. The crusades are highlighted, both in the Holy Land and in Spain, while the development of logistics and horsebreeding are also touched upon. Of particular interest was the chapters on Mongol warfare and this steppe people's interaction on Christian Europe and the Islamic Near East. Volume two finishes with coverage of the return of heavy and light cavalry to the battlefields of Europe and the development of firearms and their application to warfare.

I own many of the works cited in this book, and I enjoyed the way Carey synthesizes these works in an enjoyable narrative. When combined with the scores of maps (both tactical and regional), Warfare in the Medieval World is a keeper and a fine addition to any military historian or gamer's library.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Synthesis Marred by Factual Flaws 3 Jun 2008
By Big Uig
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read with great interest the very positive reviews this book received. However, on finally getting my hands on it, I was disappointed by a surprising number of factual flaws. For example, the Mongols did not lose at the Battle of the River Kalka, the English King Edward IV was not at Crecy, and the description of Crecy itself in terms of the English disposition is incoherent. Aside from some dubious editing, I believe that the problem is that the good professor appears to have used a number of non-primary sources; some of which may have been of uneven quality. The battle descriptions generally follow the conventional wisdom, so there are no surprises there. On the positive side, there is a good attempt at providing an overview of tactical developments through the Middle Ages and the battle maps are very good.
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