Henry VIII's Army (Men-at-arms series 191) Paperback – 26 Nov 1987
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About the Author
Paul Cornish was born in Devon in 1959. He graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1981 and has since pursued a career in museums - firstly at the British Museum, and subsequently at the Imperial War Museum, where he is a curator. Apart from the military history of the early Sixteenth Century, his specialist interests include modern firearms and the material culture of war. He has written a number of articles on military history and lives in Kent, England. Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.
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Although gunpowder weapons were indeed common throughout the Old World by this point in history, for most of this book's period the English soldier was still much more likely to fight with a longbow or bill/halberd. The armament and armor of the cavalry and infantry are discussed in detail after a summary of Henry's wars and the organization of his army. Uniforms and flags are also studied.
The illustrator, Angus McBride, maintained a reputation as one of the greatest illustrators for military history, wargaming, and fantasy warfare books from the early 1970's up to his death in 2007. Although one time or another I have probably seen most of his artwork, I have to say this here is some of his best. McBride illustrates the English soldiers, with their Irish and Landsknecht allies, with breathtaking color and detail, and captures them in such lifelike poses and expressions they can remind you of people you know. The uniforms and appearances of the English soldiers make the artwork even more interesting; most of these men wore their hair very long and wore all sorts of colorful, garish, and sometimes plain bizarre uniforms and outfits.
As with most Osprey books illustrated by McBride, but even more so than usual, the color plates alone make this book worth every cent. The text, however, would be valuable to the wargamer, historian, or history teacher as well. In short, I could hardly think of a better book to flesh out the appearance of late medieval English troops, or a better introduction to their arms, organization, and most famous battles.
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