This book follows Europe's fighting spirit frpm the tribes who hit back against the Roman Empire to the dramatic and bloody campaigns of Vlad Tepes, the historical Dracula. It is very Euro-centric, with only the Mongols, Moors and the Arabs threatening this scenario. The book also features numerous well illustrated plates which really make the pages come alive.
Most of your favourites are here, although there are a few striking omissions. There is no King Edward of England and no sign of his foes Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. And no Joan of Arc either. However, this is compensated by the inclusion of Jan Zizka, the blind Hussite warrior from Bohemia who trained a peasant army into an elite fighting force. He adapted the tools the peasants had, turning wagons into what can only be described as medieval tanks. There are very few books currently available in the English language which mention Zizka and for that reason alone, I can recommend this book. He deserves to be known outside the Czech Republic.