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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762774290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762774296
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 19 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 770,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Medieval Warrior is a gorgeously illustrated, fact-filled introduction to the weaponry and fighting methods of the Middle Ages. Written in an accessible style for the nonexpert with chapters coveringthe key types of warriors, from mounted knights to foot soldiers, siege engineers to sappers it shows how the development of new weapons, technology, and techniques changed the face of war in Europe. The popular image of the mounted knight dominating the battlefields still persists, but medieval warfare was in reality far more complex. Rarely celebrated in the art or literature of the time, ordinary foot soldiers such as longbowmen and pike-armed peasants had a revolutionary impact on the development of warfare. Disciplined groups of archers defeated larger and better-armored forces of knights, while tightly packed formations of pikemen began defining all military encounters in the fifteenth century. Then the introduction of gunpowder weapons leveled the battlefield and swiftly ended the power of armored cavalry, forever changing the way we wage war.More than 300 beautiful and comprehensive color illustrations showcase the weapons, equipment, techniques, and tactics of the medieval warrior. All types of soldiers appear in stunning detail including English longbowmen, Norman knights, Milanese crossbowmen, Saxon huscarls, Swiss pikemen, Hussite handgunners, Mongol horse archers, and Mamluk cavalry. Easy-to-understand line illustrations depict popular techniques, such as fighting with two-hand swords, forming a shield wall, pole axe combat, and mounted combat with sword and lance. From the Battle of Hastings to the Battle of Agincourt, see in rich, majestic color how the weapons, methods, and fighting tactics of the medieval warrior evolved over the centuries."

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The essential visual guide to the warriors of the Middle AgesThis richly illustrated book provides an overview of the medieval world and a guide to the typical battlefield and the armies that populated it. From the Battle of Hastings to the Battle of Agincourt, see in detail how the weapons and fighting tactics of archers, artillerymen, bowmen, knights, and even peasants developed over the centuries.Chapters cover mounted knights, foot soldiers, missile troops, and siege weapons and techniques.More than 300 color images and maps depict weapons, armor, equipment, and fighting tactics.Step-by-step illustrations demonstrate combat skills, including how to fire a longbow, fight with a sword and a buckler, attack with a lance, defend

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I liked this book although it is quite shallow. This is exposed by the battles analysis eg Hastings/Agincourt, battles I have read a wide range of different books about from simple to History degree coursework and the analysis in the book is oversimplified and probably misleading with opinion presented as fact. David Starkeys history programmes were the same, quite good apart from the areas you have a reasonable depth of knowledge in, where they become quite frustrating.

Ideal for a teenager with an interest in Medieval warfare. If Juliet Barker writes as a comparison A level then this would be an O level book (higher than GCSE/CSE standard though. Sorry prejudices of a former teacher kicking in).

Definitely a book to dip into.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x987b24b0) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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HASH(0x9940d840) out of 5 stars Extremely useful and well-written introduction to the topic of war in medieval Europe 14 Sept. 2014
By Michael K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first read the author's later work, _The Ancient Warrior,_ and was very impressed by his knowledge, his astute interpretations, and the accessibility of his prose and presentation. This book is equally informative, especially since the early medieval period is one of my principal interests. Dougherty is a freelance historian, not an academic, but he knows his subject very well. His specialty is in weapons technology and tactics and he understands both fields comprehensively.

In the post-Roman world, warfare ceased to be a function of the state and reverted to its earlier tribal bases, with the continually warmongering feudal aristocracy being the evolution of that. Warfare between neighboring lords, or (less often) nations, broke down into four main areas by type of participant: Mounted fighters, foot soldiers, missile troops, and "specialists," which included engineers, sappers, and artillerymen in the later period.

Mounted forces consisted mostly of knights, the highest-status segment of society, if only because horses and armor were very expensive and required constant training. Lighter mounted troops, including horse archers, were common farther east and in the Muslim lands, but Dougherty focuses mostly on Western Europe. Foot troops ran from "sergeants" and housecarls and other full-time professional men-at-arms at the top to levies made up of poorly-armed, untrained peasants at the bottom, whose function was to be arrow-fodder and keep the enemy busy while their social superiors got close enough to fight. Missiles meant longbowmen in some areas and crossbowmen in others, with small but still powerful recurved bows in use farther east. This was a more advanced technology and therefore anathema to most knights, who generally considered shooting at your betters from a distance to be unsporting. Siegecraft was highly specialized and attracted freelance professionals, as did the later appearance of artillery.

As in his later book, every page is filled with color illustrations, explanatory drawings and diagrams, and battle maps. Key engagements are detailed as examples of good or bad tactics and the use and misuse of types of forces and weapons. And throughout, the language is plain and straightforward as Dougherty points out how the European style of war evolved and why. An excellent introductory volume.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9940df54) out of 5 stars Comprehensive Yet Easy to Read 21 Dec. 2011
By A reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This an excellent book for learning about medieval warfare. Colour maps
of famous battles are plentiful as well as detailed line drawings of military
clothing, armour and weapons. There are chapters on knights, foot soldiers
and 'missle troops' (mostly archers).

The captions usually indicate when the image was made; nineteenth
centuries engravings and paintings are not that accurate. Even
contemporary images reflect who commissioned them, the
kings and nobles who are most prominent in medieval manuscripts.

The text shows that the book was written from a depth of knowledge.
The vital role of the peasant levies is described. Most histories
emphasise the role of the knights and archers 'while a mob of miserable
peasant infantry cower nearby'. Military camps, the effects of on
agriculture and the purpose of tournaments are also covered.

A whole chapter is devoted to siege warfare and the improvements
to castle defences. Battles are only the first step of an occupation; it was more important to
capture towns and castles.

An essential book for those writing or reading historical novels as well
as high school or first year university students of history.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x988779fc) out of 5 stars A Great Summary 9 Feb. 2013
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not an expert in the field of military history, let alone medieval military history, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of this book, but as a layman I'm quite impressed with it. A survey of the weapons, technology and fighting techniques during the period 1000 to 1500 C.E., this volume has excellent text and even more excellent graphics that describe and explain such topics as how moats were bridged, the role of a portcullis, and fighting techniques with long sword and shield. To my mind, this volume is far better than most Osprey volumes that you'll run into. It's really an introduction to how fighting was conducted rather than a history of events, though it does use a handful of medieval battles to illustrate the points being made. Highly recommended, especially as an introduction to the subject.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9940d108) out of 5 stars This book covers a huge amount of subject matter & contains increadable art work!!! 10 Sept. 2014
By Leo Hott - Published on Amazon.com
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Over all this is a beautiful introduction into the world of medieval amour weapons & combat . The color pictures of the battles are awesome & give you a great look at the art style of the time with the color plates. This book does not go into great detail about combat styles & if your looking for a book to help train you in medieval weapons systems this is not what your looking for. The line drawings are exceptionally good and translate the fighting techniques at a glance! This book is a great window into history and a nice balance of personal combat, siege warfare & many different medieval warfare strategy's covering a broad scope of a lot of different subject matter without delving deeply into any one area. It is straight forward and easy to comprehend & is worth the price for the line drawings & plates & paintings alone. But I can't help but reiterate that vast amount of medieval subject matter that is covered in this one volume! It is a great compendium to go along with training codex's, treatise's & other fight manuals! If you have a interest in medieval warfare this is a great addition to your library!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9940d138) out of 5 stars SATISFIED 16 July 2013
By Maria Laura Martini - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book as a present for a friend who loves Medieval weapons and were extremely satisfied with the outline of chapters and images.
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