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Interesting Synthesis Marred by Factual Flaws
on 3 June 2008
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.